Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
“You are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 1:7
Are you wondering how many gifts you’ll receive this Christmas? What will you do with them once they’re unwrapped?
The apostle Paul thanked God for blessing the Corinthian congregation with many spiritual gifts. Today’s reading says they were especially gifted in “speech” and “knowledge.” One would likely hear eloquently crafted sermons preached in this church. Inspiring stories and talk of heavenly visions would have captivated the hearer’s imagination.
The problem in Corinth, however, was that all of these gifts went to their heads. The Christians became so puffed up by their knowledge that they looked down on others. Instead of using their gifts to build up their brothers and sisters in Christ, they ended up dividing the congregation. Boasting in their brilliance, they lost sight of the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Instead of pointing others to Jesus, they pointed to themselves.
Gifts are meant to be shared, especially the greatest gift of all – our Lord Jesus Christ, who has saved you by His grace. As you celebrate once again His birth and await His glorious return on the Last Day, may all your gifts point others to Christ.
Prayer: Come, then, O Lord Jesus, From our sins release us. Keep our hearts believing, That we, grace receiving, Ever may confess You, Till in heav’n we bless You (Once He Came in Blessing, LSB 333:4).
This devotion was written by Reverend Peter Hoft, pastor at Park View Lutheran Church in Eldridge, IA.