You’ve heard the expression “It’s all or nothing, right?” Well what if I said maybe it’s really the “All in nothing?” Huh? You say. Well think about it like this. Jesus told us “Apart from me you can do nothing.” But Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Hmm?
In Galatians we are told “For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” In Romans 12 we see that all is by the grace of God therefore we are told “not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” It truly is only by the grace of God and his gift of faith that we even exist.
One underlying theme we discover in the scripture is the fact humans were created to be containers. We were designed to be a receptacle for the Spirit of God to live in and through. The Apostle Paul told us “our bodies are a temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in us.” The plan all along was for God to inhabit us so we might be a place where the invisible meets the visible, the meeting place between God and man. A place where others can come into contact with God himself. This in no way makes us God but it does give God an avenue in which he breaks into our realm.
There are many other examples we are given as to God’s plan and purpose for humans. For instance Paul also tells us we are a vessel. A vessel is designed to contain something, right? Well in the case of the human vessel it’s contents was always meant to be God himself. Of course a vessel or cup, if you will, isn’t meant to just sit there rather it’s meant to be poured out for others. So we see our lives, the cup, is meant to be the means by which God’s life is poured out for others. This of course is the whole point of the cross isn’t it? God pours out his life for the world. After all Jesus did say, “I am the Life.”
Jesus himself told us in John 15 “I Am the vine and you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” How about that? Jesus is the Vine so he truly is the one living within but to the watching world it looks like us. Did you catch that? He, the Vine, is the all and we, the branch, are the nothing. God delights to produce his fruit through us. If you think about it this is just like a man and wife having children. The child is really the Father’s and yet apart from the wife it is impossible. The husband, or Father, supplies the seed and the Wife, or Mother, opens herself to receive it. There within the womb of the Mother a miraculous creation takes place and approximately nine months later life appears.
Limitless possibilities exist in the nothing when God’s seed is received. When our lives are truly open to what God is up to and we trust him he “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…” You see when a woman becomes pregnant with the Seed of her husband there truly is limitless possibility as to what that child might become. In an earthly sense they might be a Einstein or George Washington on the other hand they might be a Moses or Apostle Paul. If the truth be told God’s plan all along is for mankind to be in his image and likeness in order to have dominion over all the works of his hands. We are called to be “Little Christ’s” if you will.
Let me finish by qualifying this because there seems to be no shortage of folks that get tripped up by this kind of talk. Someone will say, “Are you saying we’re gods?” and “Do you think we can be God?” Don’t forget how I started this article. We are the nothing God designed to contain the all. We are never the all, he is. You’ve heard that saying before “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing, right?” The Temple can never be the Deity within; the vessel can never become the contents; the branch will never be the Vine. Yet all of these are meant to be the portal by which our Great and Mighty God breaks through from the invisible to the visible, from Spirit to the material into our existence in which He is always for others.