People write often about the mythical goal of “having it all” in this life.
Not. Going. To. Happen.
But if we take the Scriptures seriously, there is a powerfully comforting truth about “having it all.” While we’ll never have 100% of everything in day-to-day earthly experience, we are given ALL in Christ.
I was strolling around the house reading these verses aloud to myself this morning:
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. (Colossians 1:13-14)
In whom we have.
Redemption and forgiveness are given to us. All spiritual blessings are given to us. Christ Himself is given to us. We have it all.
Now we might not experience the fulness of these riches yet – the outworking is progressive, the infilling is a daily experience, the sanctification of each saint involves a long process of growth.
But what God has given, we now possess. Pardon. Adoption into His family. Enduring grace. Heaven. Himself.
It’s not a matter of God considering the possibility of embracing us. The Lord Jesus is not giving some thought to the idea of redeeming you and me. The Holy Spirit is not present one day, absent the next, undecided about dwelling with us and within us. The idea that a Christian has the blessing of God as long as he/she has his/her act together that day is a mockery of the gospel.
He has given. We have received. He possesses us and all that we are. We possess Him and all that He is.
The loving, adoptive parent makes a total and legal commitment – and wholehearted embrace – of the orphan child. Whether that son or daughter is 6 months old or 60 years old, he or she has the family name, love, and inheritance. In time, the realization all of those things will progressively come to fruition.
In fact, we can have it all. No — we DO have it all! And whatever we possess in seed form, will come to full flower under God’s loving and omnipotent care.