Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Having Nothing - Possessing All

… in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of … as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.  2 Corinthians 6:4-10

The Apostle Paul wrote that those who preach the gospel shall live by the gospel. However, he insisted on providing material needs for himself so he worked as a tentmaker. He gives glimpses of his lack of material possessions when he wrote in 2 Corinthians of being “in hunger and thirst,” “in cold and nakedness.”

In a letter to the Philippians Paul wrote:

Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  Philippians 4:12

Frequently, Paul lived with bare material possessions. However, Paul testifies that he possesses all things. Surely he means that the real things of life are not physical but spiritual. They are not external but internal. They are not temporal but eternal.

Paul knew that he was a child of God. He knew he would go to heaven when he departed this life. He possessed an inner assurance that one day God was going to give him a new and glorified body.

Paul possessed the assurance that eternal crowns and rewards awaited him in heaven because every day he made himself completely available to Jesus.

Paul possessed a purpose for being here on earth. He knew he was called to spread the Gospel of Christ to both Jews and Gentiles—an accomplishment of great significance.

Paul possessed the knowledge that his work on earth was to be God’s instrument in changing the lives of others.

He possessed the fruit of the Spirit because the Spirit of Christ lived in him. He was filled with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23a tells us that because he was filled with the Spirit he possessed:

… love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

When we live out our union with Christ, even if we possess little or nothing materially, we will still have those possessions of internal and eternal significance.