All things are possible with God
These words recently appeared in a devotional publication.
"People can believe strange things, but there is one group that goes beyond all others in believing things that seem beyond belief.
"These people think that they’re eventually going to be richer than any billionaire, even though many of them are short on money.
"They think that they will eventually be in charge of the world, even though most of them have no military or political skill.
"They think they’re going to be absolutely pure, even though all of them are far from perfect.
"They expect to have a part in judging the world, even though most have never presided over a courtroom.
"They even expect to judge angels!"
Strange as it might seem, true Christians have a solid basis for believing that one day, these things will be a reality.
Left to themselves, they have no basis for expecting these things will come to pass.
In fact, they would be the tragic victims of self-deception to believe that they themselves could somehow achieve such wealth, power and position.
But there is one factor that makes all of it credible and it is what we will call the "God factor."
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome he wrote these words: "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?"
Does bringing God into the picture make any difference?
It makes a lot of difference!
God has the power and authority to do amazing things for his people.
But there is another matter that must be resolved.
Even if God has the power and authority to do amazing things for his people, what basis do Christians have to expect God will do those things on their behalf?
Why should Christians expect God to take notice of them and lavish riches on them and grant power and authority and unending glory to them?
They base their expectation on what God has already done on their behalf.
I call your attention to the words quoted earlier: "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all…"
If God the Father handed over His Son to become God in the flesh, to suffer and die on the cross bearing the sins of others, then there is no limit to what God will do for His people.
The promises of future glory don’t sound so outrageous in light of what God gave when He gave His only begotten Son.
Actually, it was a much smaller thing for God to speak the world into existence than to give up His Son.
To create all things, God simply spoke them into existence.
But to save sinners, God did far more than speak, He sacrificed His Son.
Why do believers have such high expectations?
Because they know if God did not withhold His Son, He will not withhold anything He has promised to those who belong to Him.