Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Blessing for what purpose

Many a Christian preacher can excite a congregation with promises of God's blessings. We all love to hear how being a good Christian will bring blessings from God. Today St. Paul tells us why God might enrich us.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

God does not enrich anyone for their own aggrandizement. As St. Paul tells us, when we are enriched by God it is so that we can be more generous. And are we the ones who should be thanked for our generosity? Nope, the goal is that the gratitude, the thanksgiving goes to God.

In short the plan is that the blessing pass from God through us to those who are most in need so that they in turn thank, not us but God from whom all good things come.