That God May Be All In All
"Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. ...When He has done this, then the Son Himself will be made subject to Him who put everything under Him, so that God may be all in all" (1 Cor. 15:24-28).
This will be the grand conclusion of the great drama of the world’s history and of Christ’s redemption. There will come a day when the glory of God’s kingdom will be such that we can form no conception of it. The mystery of it is so deep we can not realize it.
It is this that Christ has been working for. It is this that He is working for today in us. It is this that He thought it worthwhile to give His blood for. It is this that His heart is longing for in each of us. This is the very essence and glory of Christianity, "that God may be all in all."
If this is what fills the heart of Christ, if this expresses the one end of the work of Christ and if this is what I want to have the Spirit of Christ in me for, the motto of my life must be: Everything made subject and swallowed up in Him, "that God may be all in all."
What a triumph it would be if the church were fighting really with that banner floating over her! What a life ours could be if that were really our banner! To serve God fully, wholly, only, to have Him all in all! How it would ennoble, enlarge and stimulate our whole being!
I am working, I am fighting, that the day of glory may be hastened when "God may be all in all." I am praying as the Holy Spirit makes His wrestling in me with unutterable longing "that God may be all in all."
Would that we Christians realized in connection with what a grand cause we are working and praying. Would that we had some conception of what a kingdom we are partakers of, and what a manifestation of God we are preparing for.
Christians, if we would only rouse ourselves to believe that we belong to the kingdom that Christ is preparing to deliver to the Father that God may be all in all, how the glory would fill our hearts and expel everything mean, low and earthly! How we should be borne along in this blessed faith!
I am living for this: that Christ may have the kingdom to deliver to the Father. I am living for Him and I shall be there not only as a witness but I will have a part in it all.
Let us take this thought home to our hearts that it may rule in our lives. This one thought, faith, aim and joy: Christ lived, died and reigns, I live and die and in His power I reign for only this one thing, "that God may be all in all."
Let it possess our whole heart and life. How can we do this?
First of all: Allow God to take His place in your heart and life. Let God be all in all every day from morning to evening. God is to rule and I am to obey. It is not, "God first and I second." It is God is all and I am nothing. Paul said in effect, "I labored more abundantly than they although I be nothing" (1 Cor. 15:9-10). Let us try to give God His place – begin in our closet, in our worship and in our prayer.
Secondly, learn to accept God’s will in everything! Come learn to say of every trial without exception, "It is my Father who sent it. I accept it as His messenger," and nothing in earth or hell can separate you from God.
Thirdly, trust in His power. Dear friends, it is "God who works to will and to do according to His good pleasure." It is "the God of peace," according to another passage, "who perfects you in every good thing to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight."
You complain of weakness, feebleness and of emptiness. Never mind. That is what you are made for – to be an emptied vessel in which God can put His fullness and His strength. Long after Paul had been an apostle, the Lord Jesus had to come in a very special way to teach him to say, "I never knew it so before but from henceforth I glory in my infirmities; for when I am weak, then am I strong."
Do you indeed desire God to be all in all? Learn to glory in your weakness. Take time to say every day as you bow before God, "The almighty power of God that works in the sun, moon, stars and the flowers is working in me. I only need to get down and be quiet. I need to be more submissive and surrendered to His will. I need to be more trustful and allow God to do with me what He will."
Give God His way with you and let God work in you and He will do so mightily. The deepest quietness has often been proved to be the inspiration for the highest action. It has been seen in the experience of many of God’s saints and it is just the experience we need – that in the quietness of surrender and faith God’s working has been made manifest.
Fourthly, sacrifice everything for His kingdom and glory. "That God may be all in all." This is such a noble, glorious, holy aim that Christ said, "For this I will give My life. For this I will give My all, even to the death of the cross. For this I will give Myself."
If it was worth that to Christ, is it worth less to you? If one had asked Jesus of Nazareth, "For what do You have a body? What is the highest use of the body?" He would have said, "The use and the glory of My body is that I can give it as a sacrifice to God. That is everything." What is the use of having a mind? What is the use of having money? What is the use of having children? That I can give them to God. God must be all in all in everything.
I pray that God may give us such a sight of His kingdom and His glory that everything else may disappear. Then if you had ten thousand lives you would say, "This is the beauty and the worth of life ‘that God may be all in all’ to me, and that I may prove to men that God is more than everything, that life is only worth living as it is given to God to fill."
Do let us sacrifice everything for His kingdom and glory. Begin to live day by day with the prayer, "My God, I am Yours. Be my all in all."
And lastly, if God is to be all in all, wait continually on Him all the day. Wait upon God for guidance, and God, if you wait much upon Him, will lead you up into new power for His service, into new gladness in His fellowship. He will lead you out into a larger trust in Him. He will prepare you to expect new things from Him.
Beloved, there is no knowing what God will do for a man who is utterly given up to Him. Praise His name! Let each one of us say, "May my life be to live and die, to labor and to pray continually for this one thing: that in me, and around me, and in the church; that throughout the world ‘God may be all in all.’"
– Condensed from The Master’s Indwelling by Andrew Murray.
Pray for Herald International
Thank the Lord with us for the work that editors and co-workers of other language editions of the Herald are doing for the kingdom of God. Pray that they may experience more of the truths outlined in the article above, including ever-deepening fellowship with the Lord and greater displays of His power in and through their lives and ministries.