Paul opens his letter to the Corinthians with a praise of the grace of God. He goes on to reflect on how God has enriched the church, leading up to his plea for unity in the church.
While the passage for today, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, does not get into Paul’s exhortation to eliminate division, it lays the groundwork for that plea. He points out that all the believers have is a gift from God. All of their riches? From God.
Therefore, all that the church has is a gift from God. It is evidence of God’s work in His people that we have knowledge, wisdom, and the fruit of the Spirit like love and joy.
It’s not from anyone else—those who are able to exhibit these are not better than others. They are allowing God to use them. This is where we are, and what we should do:
Be useful to others in the name of God. Be useful by living out grace, truth, and peace and living lives of thankfulness.