“…having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
II Co 6:10
Tangible things are what we see and from them we derive our sense of well-being. Our primary task in life is to survive, and the things that support our physical lives are of major importance. All things are empty to us unless we are fed, for we can hardly accomplish anything with an empty stomach. Starving people don’t dream dreams, except dreams of getting fed.
“You can retire after we pay off our debt,” Kathy said to me after hearing my usual grumbling.
“I won’t retire unless we retire together,” I replied. She works ten times harder than I do, so if either one of us should quit working, it should be my wife.
“We will have nothing if we both do.” She didn’t say this, but I could sense what she was thinking. I don’t usually worry about our daily provision, for I don’t usually plan ahead.
“Elderly people should guard themselves from greed,” remarked Confucius.
I guess I had very little fear in my twenties, because I was shielded by youth and faith; therefore I was able to do a lot of things that were considered ill-advised by many people. Yet by God’s mercy, things seemed to have worked out. We didn’t become wealthy in the process, but neither did we starve.
Why can’t I do the same thing now as I did when I was a baby Christian, since I am spiritually more mature and my faith has grown a little stronger? I should be able to live by faith if the Lord so desires.
The crux of the matter is that we need to adjust our focus and see things as they are, not as they seem to be. What earthly things did the apostle possess? Just a few things to keep him warm and fed, yet he claimed that he possessed everything. Did Paul see something we fail to see?
Owning something does not equal possessing it. Besides, fear of losing what we possess may take away all the excitement of owning something. Our enjoyment of earthly things may miraculously increase if we quit claiming ownership of them.
Everything is the Lord’s; therefore everything is ours because we are God’s children, who are heirs of all God’s richness and bounty.
Enjoyment and appreciation of some things equal possessing them, even though we don’t actually own them. Many people have witnessed the beauty of the Rockies and the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, yet only very few people truly possess them by recognizing and appreciating what they truly are- they are ours because they are God’s creations.
What did the blind man see for the very first time when the Lord Jesus opened his eyes? Can we imagine seeing the world with all her grandeur for the first time? It may take quite an effort to do this, but it’s well worth the labor since this is the key to possessing and enjoying all things, albeit we have nothing.