NIV 1 Corinthians 1:7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
One day while Jesus was teaching his disciples he asked them the question, “Who do people think I am?” Obviously Jesus was aware of the discussions and speculations about his person and abilities. Even in a time in which there were no mobile phones, the news of the activities of Jesus spread fast.
Jesus was the promised Messiah of Israel. He was the lamb of God who came to be paid the wages for our sin. He IS God with us, God incarnate. Even though the people of Jesus’s day were eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come, they did not recognize him when he did. Jesus became of us as as a gift, the gift above all gifts. A gift given out of love. Those who came, who come, and will come to understand this are blessed. But it was not an easy task for the to disciples understand and accept. Perhaps the reality of that time is best summed up in Jesus own words to the woman at the well:
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“If you knew the gift of God”, what a profound truth. This statement is still valid. It is valid not only for those who are walking darkness, but also for those who would be true disciples of today as well.
The church of Jesus Christ is in decline. Why in the world would this be! Again, is we are to be faithful we must answer in the desire of faith and the drawing of the Spirit the question “Who do we think Jesus is?” If we really believe he is God, really believe he is the way the truth and the life, should this belief not be obvious in our words and deeds?
“If we know the gift of God”, should we not be trusting in the prayer he taught us for our daily needs rather than making our own security and pleasure our primary pursuits? This is the prime question needing to be faced during this time of Lent.
The beginning verse is a reminder why these questions need to be asked. The church has been given the spiritual gifts we need to be successful in God’s eyes. We are waiting for his return. Till that at time we need to being active in the understanding of who Jesus is, what Jesus has given us, and avoid the mistakes the church has made in the past.
We need be so careful that we are not like those during Jesus on day who were not ready for God incarnate to come to them.