'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
Have you realized that everything - EVERYTHING - in all creation, whatever has been created, or ever will be created, is for your sake?
There is so much truth in that statement that an author wrote as a title to a book, “Your God Is Too Small”. To say that it just cannot be true that ALL things are for your sake (and mine), seems extreme in the least, even absurd.
But if we do not believe it, then perhaps our God is too small.
Notice a statement by the Apostle to both Jews and Gentiles: “For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:15 ). Paul is referring explicitly here to himself and others who were laboring to the point of exhaustion and even despair for the sake of those to whom he was writing (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
However, the phrase “for your sake” can be applied to all things for all time, past and future. Sometime in eternity past, the Godhead decided to add children to be with them, and participate in the eternal splendor that they enjoyed. When that occurred cannot be determined, but is alluded to in that which Jesus speaks of, the Apostles expression and statements and others. It did happen. Nothing can deter God from His purpose. Not even the rebellion and revolt of a third of the angels.
The enormity of even the thought boggles our minds. So much so, that it is difficult to even grasp the concept. But all of creation cannot compare with other things for our sake. The things that have been created and will be created pale into nothing when we ponder the “for your sake” that God did when He came into our abode, and sacrificed Himself . All things were made by Him, and all things will always be made by and through Him. God is not a “thing”. However, in that what He did on the cross was part of the “all”, and it was for our sake, and He embodied and does embody all things that are all for our sake, then He IS Himself ALL for our sake.
Many in this world striving daily to live as He would have them live, can begin to feel very small and insignificant . The almost overwhelming weight of our times is enough to suffocate and squeeze the spiritual life of belief and trust out of them. But all of us who belong to Christ are also “more than conquerors” through Him who loves us. Each true child of God is more important to Him than all the history of the creation past and even future.
If the Apostles affirmed that everything they did is for our sake, how much more did God do (and is doing) for our sake?
When you begin to get discouraged, feel left out, insignificant, lonely, or persecuted on some way, all these things and anything else all taken together, are part of the all things in God sight. Ponder this. Meditate on this unfathomable truth.
ALL THINGS…are for your sake…
“The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory. But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us! For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God's sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].” - Romans 8:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
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