A Remarkable Privilege

  • Peter Friesen, Author
  • Retired Minister

1 Corinthians 1:4-9… 4) I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5) For in him you have been enriched in every way – with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge – 6) God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7) Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8) He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9) God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (NIV)

Life is full of difficulties. Every person we know, and will ever know, has had to face tough issues. This is what the real world is like. Life is full of challenges. Positive ones, and difficult ones; even so, we never seem to adjust to it. And often, we act surprised when those challenges come our way.

I dare to say that even Christians have struggles. Sometimes we do not manage them very well. So many times, we deal with our problems just like people who do not have any faith in God. As Christians we need to focus on what makes us unique. What makes us different from people who do not know God is that Christ is masterfully reshaping the spiritual side of our lives? Jesus is living His life in us and through us. That is what sets us apart. I understand we need to learn to oversee our problems as those who have the Divine Son of God living within us.

That God fearing population – called Christians; whose habitations includes the whole wide world – both heaven and earth. Can you imagine what this world would be like if all of us would lift our eyes beyond our own little circle and thought of ourselves as a part of God which is as wide as this world? No person, no church, no chapel service has exclusive possession of Jesus Christ. True He is our Lord, but He is also the Lord of all humanity. It is remarkable that Christianity posses all the love of Jesus Christ and that; “God loves one of us as if there was only one of us to love.”

The Apostle Paul says that God has been faithful to give us all that we need. We know that we have received grace. That the Holy Spirit has enriched us. – that we should not lack any spiritual gift. The Bible teaches that everyone of us here has been given a spiritual gift. Our task is to discover that gift and use it in serving others, in serving Christ. Our spiritual gift is a Divine empowerment to serve, the only way we discover that gift is to begin to step out in faith in some area of service.

You and I have been witnesses of that type of service during our lifetime. God will use this process to lead you to that area of ministry in which you have been endowed. He has already placed a desire within your heart for some are of ministry. Now you must act on that desire and see what God does with your calling.

You and I, mere mortals, have been given the opportunity to come to Jesus Christ personally. We can interact with Him. We can communicate with Him through prayer; receive confirmation in our heart from Him that we truly belong to Him.

To know Christ and make Him known is our highest privilege as Christians. To share Him with someone else, so that they come to know Him is equally a remarkable privilege. We must remember: Our God is faithful. He has given us a divine calling – divine self-confidence. He will keep us strong to the end. He will help us remember the Easter Season – Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins.

To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done.

Would you pray this prayer with me… ? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen