Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wed., 2/16/11 Devotion (1 Cor. 3:21b, 22b-23)

Today's encouragement comes from 1 Corinthians 3:21b & 22b-23, where we read these words:

"For all things are yours . . . --all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's."

The Corinthian churchmen to whom the apostle wrote this epistle thought themselves to be pretty hot stuff. But they were essentially missing the point: what made them special was not their ability to outdo one another with tongues, knowledge, or miracles. Instead, what really set them apart is the very same thing that makes faithful churchmen today so remarkable: they belonged to Christ, Who Him-
self (of course) "belongs" to God, as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

If we have Jesus, we have everything: "All things are [ours]." With this perspective, believing churchmen may live in peace and contentment, knowing that we already--even in this world--possess everything.

[Puritan quote of the day: "You are bone of [Christ's] bone, and flesh of His flesh; and to have a member of Jesus Christ in a condition of discontent is exceedingly unworthy." --Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment"]