'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." - 1 Timothy 6:17
If you sat down and made a list of the things you enjoy most, how long would it be? Would you consider it a short list or a very long list?
The Bible has some surprising things to say about enjoyment. Actually, it is shocking what the Bible has to say about what we can enjoy. And it could be diametrically opposite to what we have always assumed. In the verse above, It was not the riches, per se, but the attitude toward riches which could be indulged in until they were actually enjoying their state of "high mindedness" toward those with less riches, as defined by the rich, of course.
God made everything - everything! He made it for its time and His purpose (John 1:3). But can it be that God actually made everything, and that everything was good, and that He meant it to always be good? In the scripture quoted above, the "all things" in the Greek includes "all things in declension". To be made in declension means that the "all things" is expansive. The all things expand to include literally ALL things, i.e., everything that God has made. It is an all encompassing phrase. Everything that God has is inherently good. Only the fall of man has distorted some of that which God has made good. Although distorted in some ways, to God what He made is still good.
Now if something that God has made seems not to be good, the error is with the one who says it is not good. There is either an error in someone's judgment or observation, use (or lack of use), or in man's definition of good. Someone may say "well it does not seem good to me", which can be an honest statement. However, what does not seem to be good to man, may or may not meet God's judgment on the observation or opinion of man, and therefore does not change what God has made good. Because Jesus enjoyed foods and drink, He was accused by His critics of being a winebibber (tipster) and a glutton, which of course is not true. Jesus observed proper moderation in all aspects of His life while on earth. He also enjoyed the company of all types of people. Not just so He could preach the gospel to them, but also because He truly enjoyed them. He enjoyed all people. People are included in Paul's reference to "all things" also.
The distortions of man concerning what God has made often results in all kinds of taboos, human generated opinions, false conclusions, and science "falsely so called". Some of what God has made is so pleasant and complimentary to our sense of well being that everyone (well, almost everyone) enjoys them. A beautiful sunset, ocean views, the heavens at night, a graceful animal doing what God gave them to constructively do. The anomaly of wildness and violence God did not intend. However, He STILL loves them and enjoys them for that which in originally intended them to be, and will be again.
Can you enjoy all that God made simply because He is the one who made it? It honors Him when we rightly enjoy what He has made. If you have, or have had, children for whom you either made something for them with your own hands, or purchased something for them, there is enjoyment for both of you. Their enjoyment is exceeded only by yours. And our enjoyment of what God has made is exceeded only by His.
Most of us enjoy eating. And most of us enjoy the seemingly endless variety. And, God has man to enter into some of His creative abilities by developing even more varsities of foods, but all keep basically to God's original design..Since the fall of man, God has allowed animals to be considered as food, and most partake of some type of meats every day. Certain fruits and vegetables have indentions or sculptures that appeal like the drawings of an artist to show where they need to be put together. A seam we could say. It is difficult not to think of God and thank Him when we observe the creative symmetry, not only in foods, but in all creation. When we just stop and think about it, it is all beautiful beyond words..So much He has given us to enjoy! And what has thus far been described hardly begins to describe all that God has created for us to enjoy, even in the realm of food and drink..
Everything described so far are "things" that everyone can enjoy, with very little money. Many can be enjoyed without any money, by just looking around us. It comes about by first being thankful. Without a spirit of thankfulness, truly enjoying anything is at best difficult. We have seen just a few things that most of us can enjoy. The list is truly endless. But, even the few things sometimes are not enjoyed for lack of thankfulness. We take them for granted. We fail to remember that God is in this. He sustains all things. They are all maintained by Jesus Christ to whom all power in heaven and in earth has been given. He upholds "all things" by the word of His power! (Matthew 28:18)
Thankfulness toward our Lord Jesus Christ is the key to enjoying all things. Without thankfulness toward Him, you can not see the "all things". The endless array of things to enjoy are always there. All around you. Everywhere. From the moment you open your eyes each morning until they close each night, there are always things - seen and unseen - to enjoy. An unthankful person sees little to enjoy except what appeals to pride, lust, and greed. Therefore, Paul's gentle warning concerning riches as being the key to the enjoyment of all things.
Be thankful toward God for all things. You will begin to see more and more of all the things He has made for you to enjoy!
"They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat [the fruit]. For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My chosen and elect shall long make use of and enjoy the work of their hands." - Isaiah 65:22 (AMP)
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