I am encouraged by the following excerpt. There are many things that go on in our lives, simple ordinary activities and special outstanding occasions, with positive and negative features. Through all these things, God is working to perfect us to become His expression, His Body. Even as today we have a number of successes and/or failures, the outcome is the realisation that these are not for us primarily, but that God’s desire would be worked out in us.
So all things, regardless whether good or bad, are for us. And for all things to be for us really means that all things are for God, in particular that we would be for God. No matter the situation, make room for God’s perfecting us in Christ to become His expression!
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1 Corinthians 3:21-23 So then let no one boast in men, for all things are yours, Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all are yours, But you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
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According to these verses, not only the spiritual giants are for us, but all things, including negative things such as the world and death, are for us. This means that even the world and death can work good for us. God uses everything to perfect us. Hence, all things are for us, we are for Christ, and Christ is for God. God uses everything to perfect us so that we may be the living Body of Christ. Therefore, we are the Body for Christ, and Christ is the expression of God. Thus, Christ is for God. God is expressed through Christ, Christ is expressed through us, and we are perfected through all things. If we see this, we shall be content to receive all that God ordains for us. God may ordain a difficult husband or wife. He may even ordain death. But even a difficult spouse or death itself is for us and is used to perfect us. Therefore, we need to receive what God has ordained and acknowledge that it is being used by Him to perfect us.
As an elderly person, I have passed through a great many things in my lifetime. I can truly testify that all things are mine and that God uses them all to perfect me. Because God uses all things, I find it very difficult to say who would make the best wife for a certain brother or the best husband for a certain sister. How blessed we are to be perfected by all things! Oh, how good it is to see that all things are for us!
In the light of this word, we should not exalt anyone, and we should not have any preferences or choices concerning persons, matters, or things. Rather, we should see that all things, bad as well as good, are for us to perfect us so that we may become the Body of Christ, who is the expression of God. This is the proper understanding of Paul’s word that all things are ours, that we are Christ’s, and that Christ is God’s.
(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of 1Corinthians, pp. 293-295. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA