I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:4
Today’s passage from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth is one of those precious passages that reminds you to continue to give thanks to God for all things. In this case, Paul is thanking God for the saints in Corinth and more specifically for the grace through which Christ has enriched their lives. It is this grace which makes all the difference no matter what circumstances you may face in life. In other words, God’s grace is completely adequate for anything a Christian faces.
Of course, some people only believe grace is present in their lives (or adequate for their situation) if they are healthy, wealthy, and wise. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can experience illness, poverty, and even worldly ignorance and still be living under the complete adequacy of grace for our particular situation. The key to understanding this is to determine if you are overflowing with thankfulness in spite of your predicament.
Since my diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, I have met and corresponded with hundreds of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Some folks are very angry about the things they (or their loved ones) are no longer able to do. Their focus remains on the negative attributes and bitterness, anxiety, and stress built up inside them. Contrast this with the folks who are grateful for the things they (or their loved ones) are still able to do. Their focus remains on the positive attributes and they overflow with thankfulness even in the midst of their dementia storm.
Now let me ask you, which group do you think understands the complete adequacy of God’s grace in their lives? Obviously, it is the group which overflows with thankfulness. They live under the comforting shadow of grace knowing God is with them daily, comforting them in their struggles, encouraging them when they feel discouraged, and strengthening them for the battles they face. All they need do is remain faithful, thankful, and connected to Christ. This is the group to which I belong. How about you?
Therefore, continue (or start) to appreciate God’s grace in your life. Be rooted and built up in Christ. Be strengthened in the faith. Overflow with thankfulness and hope no matter what your situation. Why? Because God loves a thankful and hopeful spirit.
Draw close to Him and allow His grace to flow freely in your life. Then, as you see His grace move in your life, have an attitude of gratitude for it!