1 Corinthians 3:21,23 "For all things are yours...and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."
Most people wouldn't think the Corinthians could get anything from God; they were so carnal. But Paul began this chapter by telling them they were carnal, yet he added, "...all things are yours."
When you were born into the family of God, the right and privilege to use the Name of Jesus became yours. Everything Jesus bought and paid for automatically became yours. But it's up to you to use what belongs to you.
Consider the story of the prodigal son. If the prodigal is a type of the sinner or backslider, and the father represents God. The elder brother is a type of the Christian who has not strayed. When the elder brother came in from the field, he heard music and dancing. A servant told him, "Your brother came home, and your father has killed the fatted calf."
The elder brother became angry, and wouldn't go in and join the festivities. So his father went outside and entreated him. "No, I'm not coming in," the elder brother said, "I've served you faithfully all these years. I never went away. I didn't go off and spend your money--and you never made a feast for me." "Son," the father said, "All that I have is thine" (Luke 15:31).
Does God have what you need? If He does, then it is already yours. But you'll have to appropriate it.
Confession: All things are mine. I am Christ's, and Christ is God's. The Name of Jesus belongs to me. I can use it. I will use it. All the Father has is mine!
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.