having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
2 Corinthians 6:10
Paul, the apostle, had encountered afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, and hunger (2 Corinthians 6:4-5). Yet in all these circumstances, he could always perceive the riches of God. Though sorrowful, He found reason to rejoice. Though poor, he made many rich through the sharing of Christ’s redemptive grace. He himself had nothing physically, yet possessed everything in Christ. The negatives became positives, for the work he did was accomplished through the power of Christ and it revealed a passion for those to whom he was called. While hard to imagine that kind of faith – a faith that will endure everything for Christ – it was the Savior’s love that motivated and moved Paul to endure all.
Paul knew that it was the Savior’s passionate love for the world’s salvation that had motivated and moved Jesus to endure immense suffering. Knowing there was no other way to bring the lost into the fold of grace, Jesus became poor so that by His poverty we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). He had no earthly possessions, yet He gave us everything needed for life and eternity – salvation by grace in and through our Baptism.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am grateful for the example of the Apostle Paul, who clearly understood that one could lose all on this earth and yet possess everything in You. Give me such a faith as this. Amen.