All Is Yours

I have written this post twice already, and each time I’ve deleted it. But I was challenged by a friend when I shared it with him this morning, and then I “stumbled” across an article challenging me to believe what I read in Scripture, not to read what I believe. Okay, here goes!

Here is the passage:

“So let no one exult proudly concerning men [boasting of having this or that man as a leader], for all things are yours,  whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas (Peter), or the universe or life or death, or the immediate  and threatening present or the [subsequent and uncertain] future–all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” (1 Corinthians 3:21-23 AMP).

Check out the list of things we have:

* the universe
* life
* death
* the immediate and threatening present
* the subsequent and uncertain future

In short, Paul wants us to know all things belong to us, and it’s clear Paul’s intent wasn’t to exaggerate, so we can take this as the truth.

I have often heard that we should leave the future in the hands of God, and I believe that we should always have full confidence in the sovereignty of God. But if we have been given the future, why are we not setting the course of history? And if we have been given the world, why do we despair and give up hope over the moral decline or social injustice? We are the ones who are responsible for what’s going on in the world.

I’ve always heard this taught in little, man-sized proportions. We should make wise decisions to take ownership of our future in retirement. We should be kind to the few people we come in contact with and be a light to them. We should lobby for this bill, or vote for that senator. But rarely have I heard teachings on impacting the universe, life, death, the present, or the future in God-sized dimensions. God can unleash change of unprecedented dimensions.

Take a look at 2 Chronicles 7:14: “[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” If we pray and seek God, He will not only forgive our sins, but He will heal our land. The healing of our land is within the power of us, the church.

All is yours. “Yours” means you have authority over it. If all this is ours, we will have to give an account for the way we have stewarded what was given us. Will you let the world sit untouched, or will you usher in the Father’s will just as it’s done in heaven?

Leave a comment