“So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you— whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)
According to this, we are incredibly wealthy. “Everything belongs to you,” Paul writes to the church at Corinth that was divided into factions around which leader they were following. And then he goes on to list everything, and he doesn’t just stop with Christian leaders, but goes on to include things like the world, life and death, the present and the future, and finally concludes with “everything.”
If everything belongs to us, why are we selling ourselves so short?
Do you ever read scriptures like this and just read on, because what it says seem too preposterous to be true? Well, he can’t possibly mean “everything.” But if it doesn’t mean everything, then it is not the word of God.
Here are some things I think “everything” means:
Everything that means anything.
Everything that matters.
Everything that is true.
Everything that will last.
Everything that we need.
Everything that we really want.
Everything that will make us happy.
Everything that will make us successful.
Everything that will make us able to do the will of God.
Everything that will enable us to be who God meant us to be.
Everything that will enable us to make a difference in the world.
If you start out today with the knowledge that you already have everything, you’re going to have a pretty good day.
I desperately need to learn how to think this way, because I’m sure not acting like it’s true. I’m acting like I actually have only very little. That’s because I live in a very little box that only has room in it for just a few little things, anyway — certainly not enough room for “everything.”
But this is a debilitating way to think that is tied to the old covenant where everything depends on me, and therefore I need to keep just a few little things around me or else I won’t be able to manage it. I’m a minimalist — a person who advocates or practices smallness in life. I like to keep my world small because if it gets too big, I just want to go back to bed.
I almost went back to bed this morning. You almost got an old Catch so I could get this out and go back to bed for an hour because I didn’t get much sleep last night. But then I came upon this verse that God bopped me over the head with, and here we are awake and aware and finding out how big our world is. Do you want to find out with me?
To see this any other way is an affront to God. It’s to read His word and not believe it.
We need to step out of our little boxes into the big, wide world, where everything is ours and we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. That’s being a part of something pretty darn big!