This week’s church family blog article comes from Carter Milam…
I could own whatever I want to in this world, but without God, I would possess nothing.
“Poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Cor. 6:10). The first few times I read it I don’t think I completely understood what He meant, and I’m sure I still don’t, but the more I thought about it, the more it started to click. I could own whatever I want to in this world, but without God, I would possess nothing. So what does that mean? When I was in the seventh grade, I went on my first mission trip to Ocean Springs, Mississippi after hurricane Katrina had hit the area pretty hard. I remember one night we had a devo with the congregation there and we were singing, and it was so powerful. You could hear the emotion in every word they sang. It made me think about what I was missing, what did they get that I didn’t? These people have seen houses torn apart, and seen devastation all around them, and here they are, singing to God like it’s the last time they’ll ever get to. These people possessed something, but what was it? When they read 2nd Corinthians 6:8-10 “ Through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.” They knew every word of that passage to be true. They truly did have everything because they had a hope and a faith in a God who would not let them down. So that no matter what happened to them, they were fine, because God was always with them.
So what do I want us to learn from that story? I want us to understand that we have everything, we may just not know it yet. That everything I just said is true for us too, and that we can look at the things that go on in our life like the people in that congregation did, knowing everything has already been taken care of, but sometimes it’s just a little harder to see.