Christ Is All in All

I came across this unattributed piece this evening. It sums us in a rather elegant, I think, way of what Jesus is to all of us that are His.

Christ Is All in All
“Christ is all in all to His people. He is all their strength, wisdom, and righteousness. They are but the clouds irradiated by the sun, and bathed in its brightness. He is the light which flames in their gray mist and turns it to a glory. They are but the belt and cranks and wheels; He is the power. They are but the channel, muddy and dry; He is the flashing life which fills it and makes it a joy. They are the body; He is the Soul dwelling in every part to save it from corruption and give movement and warmth. Thou art the organ, whose full breath is thunder; I am the keys, beneath Thy fingers pressed.”

Jesus is indeed our all in all, our Source of life, and the One who paid the enormous debt we owed, and couldn’t satisfy, with His own lifeblood. As on of my favorite old hymns says “Oh what a Savior!”.

How Good?

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

During one of the testimonies tonight at Prayer Meeting someone said “God has been so good to me” and I immediately identified with the brother or sister who said it. But then this evening as I pondered on sweet Spirit filled service we had I began to think a bit more about that statement and changed my mind: He’s been so much better to me than I deserve is the real, honest truth.

I can’t even begin to tell you or praise Him enough for what He’s seen fit to do for me, with me and what He yet will. Scripture lays it out plain and simple: we are, in our natural, unregenerate state, completely the opposite of what God desires. We have a sinful nature that desires and seeks after everything but God. And yet God loved us so much to make a way for our sin-debt to be paid in full and our spirits to be quickened through and by Jesus Christ, if we will only come to Him seeking the forgiveness He wants to grant us and then follow Him as our Lord and Savior. A holy righteous God that sends His Son to suffer and die in our stead, why? Because He cares that much about us. No, I can never thank or praise Him enough. And He so very truly has been better than I ever deserve to me.

Paying Interest

Someone once said “Worry is interest paid in advance for a debt you may never owe.” I had never thought of it in those terms before but the analogy is really quite a good one. Consider the interest that accrues on your credit cards or mortgage, things you actually have bought; the added charges mount up substantially over the months it takes to pay them off. Imagine paying those charges for no reason, not ever having made a purchase. Doesn’t make much sense does it? It would probably outrage you if your bank tried that, it would me. And yet we do the same thing with our worries and we do it to ourselves.

Jesus taught that we should give no care for what we eat or wear, only seek the Kingdom of God and all the other stuff will be taken care. He said that today, this very day, held enough to be busied with, to give no thought to tomorrow but take care of what needs to be done today. (Of course I’m paraphrasing Him here.)

Clearly, the Bible teaches us that God will provide for us. We only need to be about our Father’s business, laying up treasures in Heaven. Are you as guilty as I am of paying interest on debts yet made? The next time you feel or see that you are take it to God in prayer and put your energy into something productive for the Lord.

Phi. 4:6-7

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.