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You CAN Have Everything!
by Alan Allegra
11/05/2014 / Christian Living
"You can't have everything -- where would you put it?" (Steven Wright). 'Tis the season to figure out what to buy and what to ask for. The hardest question to answer is, "What do you get for the person who has everything?"
That's probably not a problem for most people. However, many of us have more than we need or complain because we don't think we have what we should have. If we fell under the spell of advertisers, we'd own everything that anyone with an advertising budget could sell, plus a credit card bill the size of William Howard Taft. We usually don't recognize what we actually need, nor appreciate what we have.
That is true of Christians as well. Thankfully, God has taken care of both recognizing and meeting our needs and supplying a place to put them.
God promises us all that is necessary: "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). Unlike funds, factories, and other facilities, God's storehouse has supernatural supply. The eternal quartermaster furnishes spiritual sustenance as well as natural needs.
The apostle Peter wrote to persecuted believers with words of comfort and warnings about false teachers. He told them to remain faithful despite the proliferation of deceitful workers, and to wait patiently for the Lord's return. He reminded them, "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire" (2 Peter 1:3 - 4). Peter's point is that believers have needs beyond the meager offerings of the world; they need -- and have -- the spiritual tools necessary to stand strong as they come to know Jesus more intimately through the Word of God. This power functions "so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith" (Ephesians 3:17).
Talk about having it all! Paul reminded the Galatians that they are sons and heirs of God! "And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" (Galatians 4:6). The Holy Spirit, dwelling in our hearts, reminds us that we are beneficiaries of the irrevocable trust of Christ.
Paul expressed his love for the church by saying, "It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart" (Philippians 1:7). Paul valued the fellowship of the saints so much that he made room for them in his heart.
When the shepherds told Mary the significance of that first Christmas gift, the Christ child, "all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart" (Luke 2:19). The mother of the Lord found an ample place to store her precious treasures: her heart.
We think of the heart as that squishy, fist-sized blood pump that, at our age, suddenly becomes the center of attention. However, biblically speaking, the heart is the center of our spiritual and moral functions. It is the storage place of the most treasured beliefs and possessions.
It is not true that you can't have everything; at least it's not true in the spiritual realm. The Heavenly Father has promised to provide everything his children need. Once we separate our needs from our wants, we can rest secure in his promises. He gives us riches of food, clothing, strength, bible knowledge, sonship, the Holy Spirit, Christian friends, and Jesus himself. He also gave us a storage space big enough to hold them all.
Where would you put everything? In your heart -- it's the only place safe enough and big enough.
Alan is Content Coordinator for Lifestyles Over 50 (Thrive Media) and contributor to the Allentown, PA, Morning Call. He is also an adult Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader. Passionate about reviving theology and church methodology, and being a senior citizen!
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