Monday: 17th June, 2019
Reference text: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
2 Corinthians 6:10 although saddened, we are always glad; we seem poor, but we make many people rich; we seem to have nothing, yet we really possess everything.
The World Bank classifies countries according to their income level, so while some are classed as high income countries, others fall into the low income class. Likewise, there are billionaires, millionaires and the ‘normalnaires’ if there be such a word. Yet, no one person has ever made the claim that they possess everything, because no one ever has.
So today, after reading Paul’s statement in his second letter to the Corinthians ‘as if we have nothing and yet we possess everything’, I paused to do some reflection. I queried on what basis and on what grounds such an absurd claim was made because it is really bold to have nothing to your name but claim ownership of everything. But that is exactly what Paul does.
So I wondered: what does one need to be in possession of everything? Unmatched Wealth? Enviable Fame? Radiant Glory? Continuous Successes? Expansive empires? None of that seemed adequate but one: “GAIN GOD” because He is the owner of everything. Beloved, Paul was neither calling a bluff nor was he speaking on whim; he spoke on the basis of a firm knowledge that Jesus, to whom He belonged, owned it all.
‘The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness the of, by him and for him are all things made, He sustains all things by the word of His mouth: these are snippets from the Word proclaiming who really owns it all. Therefore, the claim is validated:’ whoever has God, the created and sustainer of all things, although may appear as having nothing, actually possesses everything.
Sweetheart, you have a lot more to your name than you think.