“Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
We often pass over greetings in the Epistles without much regard. But I want you, this morning, to stop and reflect on a couple things that Paul is teaching out in these three phrases:
“To those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…” If your faith is in Christ, if you have given your life to Jesus in obedience, you have been (and are being) sanctified. The word sanctified is very important, and we don’t use it very often. The word ‘sanctified’ means ‘to be made holy, to be set apart’. The word ‘sanctified’ and ‘saint’ are closely related words in Greek. This phrase is similar to Paul saying, “To those made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be holy.” God has set apart the Church (all Christians) to do his will on earth.
“… Together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours…” In Christ, we are connected to every Christian. In Christ we are united to Christians in Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Cambodia, Russia, Ukraine and everywhere. The Church is one body who’s Head is Christ. As the body of Christ, the Church, in all its levels (Worldwide, local, and individual… YOU!) works together with God to expand the Kingdom of God, the rule and reign of Jesus (1 Cor. 12:12-30).
Sometimes, though, it feels like our individual work doesn’t add up to much. Sometimes it feels like we’re accomplishing nothing.
Know this: You may not see how what you do matters, but your Father in heaven does (Matt. 6:6).
How are you doing his will today?