Ever seen phrases like “Enriched with…” or “Fortified with…” on food products? For example, vitamins, minerals or fiber are included to provide something not naturally present. In a similar way, Christ has provided many things not naturally present in us to better carry out His mission. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, there is a verse that describes it:

“…I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you so that you come short in no gift…” – 1 Corinthians 1:4-7a NKJV

Notice what he says, “You come short in no gift”. That wasn’t a cliché phrase to help the original readers feel better about themselves, it was a declaration about the all-sufficient power of Christ in them. They had everything needed for overcoming the wretchedness of the city and for thriving in kingdom service. They may not have been utilizing them, but the gifts were there all along.

Do you realize you’re enriched? Have you stopped to consider that God knew exactly how to “fortify” you at salvation? He not only forgives, and sanctifies; He enriches and places into service. If you’re in Christ, you have what you need and “come short in no gift”. Be thankful. And walk in that power today…

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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