Having It All

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What does it mean to have it all?

It doesn’t mean having a lot of money or being at the top of your field.

It doesn’t mean learning how to think positively or try to bubble wrap your life so nothing will hurt you.

This is Paul’s definition of a having it all:

“…in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating;

with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised,

and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted;

ignored by the world, but recognized by God;

terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die;

immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many;

having nothing, having it all.” (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭1-10‬ MSG)

God is not asking you to deny the pain of life or minimize it’s impact.

He is asking you to let go of the fear that something bad will happen. It will and you will survive (or go to heaven).

He is asking you to let go of the illusion that life will get easier- it will not.

He is asking you to live- fully and completely- embracing each moment as He is embracing you in it.

He is asking you to stop allowing things like opinions, finances, hunger, opposition, being tired and even being sick, stop you from living in faith, freedom and purpose.

Paul describes it as having nothing, yet having it all.

God describes it as having nothing to fear and yet having all of life to live to the absolute fullest in Him.

I’ve been obsessively listening to this song and at the end of “All for Love” Cody sings “it’s not a cost, it’s a reward”.

Trusting God and committing to Him wholly isn’t a cost, it is the reward.

Jesus called it living the abundant life- you can call it having it all.

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