All Things in Christ
Do you want your life to count to the greatest degree
imaginable for the glory of God? Years ago I decided that I wanted to live to
the hilt of every situation that I believe to be the will of God. I want to
experience the full measure of the blessings of Christ in my life and ministry.
Every spiritual blessing we enjoy comes in and through
Jesus Christ. Every believer is an “heir of God and co-heir with Christ” (Romans
The apostle Paul wrote Timothy, “Instruct those who
are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the
uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to
enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His
righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
John Calvin expresses this provision in Christ beautifully:
“If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is
‘of him’ (1 Cor. 1:30). If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they
will be found in His anointing. If we seek strength, it lies in His
dominion; if purity, in His conception; if gentleness, it appears
in His birth. For by His birth He was made like us in all respects (Heb. 2:17)
that He might learn to feel our pain (cf. Heb. 5:2). If we seek redemption,
it lies in His passion; if acquittal, in His condemnation; if
remission of the curse, in His cross (Gal. 3:13); if satisfaction, in
His sacrifice; if purification, in His blood; if reconciliation,
in His descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in His tomb; if
newness of life, in His resurrection; if immortality, in the same;
if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in His entrance into heaven; if
protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings,
in His Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given
to Him to judge. In short, since rich store of every kind of good abound in Him,
let us drink our fill from this fountain and from no other” (Institutes of
the Christian Religion, p. 527-28).
Are you available to God to do what He wants to do in and
through you to be a blessing to a lost world? God will not bless you abundantly
if you are self-centered, and much of our desire for God to bless us as
Christians is purely selfish. Do I sincerely want God to bless me so that I may
be a spiritual well-being to other people? To some people it might be
revolutionary, but may I suggest that you think of your life as a means by which
God can impart spiritual blessings to other Christians, and the lost world. God
wants to bless us so that we might be a blessing to others.
Everything in the Christian life begins, continues and ends
in Christ Jesus. C. S. Lewis once said the greatest heresies in the church are
not the denials of Christian truth, but additions to it. It is what Lewis called
“Christ and …” Christ and Islam, Christ and Buddha, Christ and works, Christ and
humanism, etc. No, Christianity is Christ, alone. All true spiritual blessings
come through Christ alone for God’s glory alone.
God is not looking for men and women who will trust in
their abilities, but on His power and wisdom alone. “God chose the foolish
things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to
shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised
things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no
one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who
has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and
redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let Him who boasts boast in the Lord’”
(1 Cor. 1:27-31).
God is glorified when we make ourselves available to Him to
bless us so we can be His blessing to others. Are you available to Him to do
whatever He wants to do with you? That is what is required of you and me. There
is no limit to the imagination what God can do through you if you are entirely
surrendered to Him.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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