I was standing in a group with several people talking about some tough situations that friends and acquaintances were facing. Everyone’s eyes were focused on the floor, they were slightly shaking their heads contemplating the difficulties of people we knew, when someone said, “Well, at least we have our health because if you have your health, you have everything.” I guess he forgot I was standing in the group and currently wouldn’t be in the category of ‘having my health.’ Cancer tends to remove one from the ‘good health group.’
But no. Not at least we have our health… Health can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Health is good. I want health but that’s not the ‘at the very least’. At the very least, I want something else.
Have you heard this before? “If you have your health, you have everything.” Really? I don’t believe that’s true. In fact, I know that’s not true.
If you have your health, you have your health. It’s a great blessing. But it is not everything. If we believe that it is everything, then we will all die with nothing. I believe that I will die with everything. In fact, when I die, I GAIN.
For to me, to live is Christ… Christ’s life was sacrifice, service, giving, humility, pain, suffering. The rest of the verse is … But to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21).
Living is emptying of ourselves. Dying is new life. Perfect existence. Reward. Forever in his glorious presence. With Christ. Beauty.
So what should go in the blank? What’s the truth? If you have ____________, you have everything.
Psalm 16:2 comes to mind.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
And verse 5, “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;”
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Matthew 16:26
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him,” Philippians 3:7-9
That’s the truth. That is what goes in the blank. Christ. If you have Christ, you have everything.
I think it is C. S. Lewis who said something like … the man who has Christ and everything else has nothing more than the man who has Christ only.
May God bless you with good health. But more than that…may you devote your life to Christ and be found in him. That is everything.
Have a great day!