Let me explain.
I really don’t have it all if by all you mean things.
There are may things I don’t have. And believe me its easy for me to think about what I don’t have. Its easy for me to think about what I don’t have and what I wish I had. It’s easy for me to think about what I don’t have that somebody else has that I really wish I had. Got it? Good.I could make you a list of things I don’t have. I’ll let you use your imagination. My list may not be that much different than yours. You don’t have it all either. Do you?
But I was reminded of something really important last night at the Wednesday night service at my church. (Sidebar: This is why I go to Wednesday night service people. I’m all fired up about God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit on Sunday. But by Wednesday I’m ready to run away. Or at least just crawl in bed and eat chocolate and potato chips and watch NCIS reruns. I need to be renewed through the fellowship and the Word that I get on Wednesday night. Our Wednesday night service is not flashy. It happens in the old basement/fellowship hall of our church. We pray for the missionaries and the sick; sing Happy Birthday and old hymns; and then our pastor teaches the Word for about 20 minutes. Awesome. Really) Anyhoo. Here’s what I got last night:
Divine Power and Great Promises
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV.
What Peter means here is that through the knowledge I have of Christ—the genuine, personal relationship based on repentance of sin and faith in Him—I have every spiritual resource necessary to manifest, sustain, and perfect godly living. Christ in me is my power source to be enough and do enough until my life is over.
He also means that because of who Christ is I have been given great promises. Those promises are abundant and eternal life.
What difference do divine power and great promises make? All the difference in the world. Literally. I get to participate in the God-life right here right now and escape the power that the rottenness of the world had over me as an unbeliever.
There are many things that I don’t have and won’t ever have.
Living an abundant life that pleases God is not one of them.
As I’m writing this I keep thinking about the phrase, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. I looked it up and here’s what I found:
25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:25-27
Wow! I am so thankful my pastor is faithful to preach the Word of God.
OK. So I really do have it all.