A Growing Hunger for Jesus

Gary Wilkerson

The apostle Paul founded a church in Corinth, and while on a trip to Ephesus, he wrote a letter back to the church.

The Corinthian church was falling into various compromises, struggling with sin. In spite of this, Paul was so gracious at the beginning of the letter, encouraging instead of rebuking them.

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God …to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“God is faithful by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1Corinthians 1:1-9).

Paul tells the church that every day he thanks God for them (I Corinthians 1:4). But he mentions Jesus Christ so many times! In fact, he mentions him ten times in these verses above — he is absolutely obsessed with Jesus who was so alive in his heart.

Do you have more of a hunger for Jesus today than you did five years ago? Or even last week? Are you so obsessed with him, as Paul was, that he permeates your thoughts and actions? If not, ask the Holy Spirit to place a hunger within you to become more intimate with Jesus Christ.