Logo

This is another installment in a series that has been adapted from my 11-part MP3 teaching series on A. W. Tozer’s spiritual classic, The Pursuit of God.

We are frequently hindered from loosening our grip and giving up our most adored treasures out of fear for their safety. But we need not fear, our Lord came not to destroy, but to save. Everything we commit to him is safer than anywhere else. In fact, nothing is really secure that is not committed to his care. Once again we see that God’s truth is the polar opposite of the world’s truth. In this case, that means that what you surrender to him now will be the only things that are safe throughout eternity. And the things that you squirrel away now, “just to be safe,” will be those things that never make the trip beyond the grave. The embarrassing truth is that you don’t own anything at all. It is all on loan from above – your life, your spouse, your children, your home, your health, your investments, . . . your next breath. And God has given them to you, not as possessions to keep and protect at all costs, but as property to be invested and managed on his behalf. There is no more secure place than in the nail-scared hands of the Savior.

And it’s not just the things that you have, but your time and your talents – these also are “short term loners” from God. As Paul puts it in I Corinthians 4:7, “For who makes you superior to anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you did not?” The answer is obvious. You have no reason to feel or act with an attitude of superiority because every good thing that you have, every good thing that you are, is yours only because God gave it to you. No drowning person, miraculously rescued after abandoning all hope, would dare get in front of a TV camera and boast about how wonderfully they played the part of the victim, would they? And how likely would it have been for Lazarus, upon his resurrection, to have run around Bethany bragging about his part in the miracle? So why should we boast when we having nothing to boast about? Is it not most reasonable that the One who so freely gives us all things, will also safely keep all things? As Jim Elliott said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”

Meditate on the implications of I Corinthians 4:7, “For who makes you superior to anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you did not?”

Wishing you God's grace and peace,

Ken Boa
Reflections Ministries

Share


No Comments

Leave a Comment

Ken's Channels

Find us on Facebook

Speaking Events

Tags