All Things Are Yours

Brent Lewis

WHEN WE BELONG TO CHRIST, we have truly grasped what ife is all about, because we are living our lives "with the grain" of God's truth rather than against it. The Christian is greatly blessed!

Sometimes I like to sit back and think about all the wonderful blessings we Christians have from God. Do you ever do that? Do you ever sit back and remember all the blessings and the good things God has sent your way? It does me a great deal of good toremember. My only regret is that I do not do it often enough. I suppose that aI am not alone in that -- most of us spend too many waking hours thinking about the problems we have, the bills we must pay, the many imperfections we have.

It may be that much of the preaching we hear is responsible for some of this thinking about the negative. it is natural for the preacher to direct his comments against those things that need to be improved. However, if we are not careful our total emphasis can become negative. This is regrettable because most of the time we need to be thinking of the good that is about us -- the encouraging achievements of the past, the great potential of the present.

It is a marvelous thing to be a Christian. There is a passage in the Bible that jumps out at us with this fact. It is one of those obpimistic passages whjich sends you on your way with a song in your heart. Observe it withj me, please: "All things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos. or Cephas, or thw world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's" ( 1 Corinthians 3:21-23).

Paul, Apollos, Cephas. Paul said that he and these other two men wer theirs; Why would he say that? Go back to chapter one in the book and notice that the Corinthians had begun to call themselves after the man who had baptized them; to wear such a one's name was, in a sense, to say that they "belonged" to that man. Paul says that they must understand that their religion is to be centered on Christ. They do not belong to their leaders, but rather teachers, preachers, leaders belong to them. I am glad that we, as Christians, have great preachers of the gospel and elders of the church. but we do not belong to them; they belong to us; their place is merely to serve; they have been provided for our spiritual good. We must not elevate men beyond tdheir proper place. Abraham Lincoln once said: "Ghop along wian any man who is in the right, stay with him as long as he is right, and leacve him when he goes worng."

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