How many shares do you have of Jesus Christ? Perhaps a strange question. Yet, once we know how many we have, we can truly live of all His profits.
For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
What if someone made you a shareholder of one of the most profitable Fortune 500 companies—not just having one single share, but being the majority shareholder? You wouldn’t have to work anymore, just live off the profits. Obviously those profits would be in proportion to how many shares you have. What if you had all the shares? You would receive all the profits, right? That’s what Christian faith is all about!
Being “in Christ” is synonymous with sharing in Him. When we receive Jesus by faith, we become partakers of all He has accomplished and obtained, eternally profiting from that. In How Deep The Father’s Love For Us, we sing: “Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer. But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.”
Jesus said: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Jesus’ righteous life on our behalf and His sacrificial death for all our sins was a payment to the Father. When we place our faith in Jesus, we become shareholders of who He is and what He has done. Furthermore, everyone who received Him is a full shareholder—there are no partial ones. We either have all or none of Him. We’re either “in Christ” or we have “no hope and [are] without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12).
Jesus used the best illustration: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). By faith we’ve been united to Him. His life is now our life. That’s why John wrote: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).
The author of Hebrews stated that we are to hold fast to “our original confidence firm to the end.” Yes, there’s a real fight of faith, but it’s in relation to holding fast to Jesus as our very life and all. When we do so, we’ll be an eternal shareholder of all that He has accomplished and obtained, eternally living off His profits. That’s really good news!
The Devotional Writer
P.S. Coming the 1st of September: “Battling Sexual Temptations and Sins: Overcoming through God’s Word and Spirit.” There are 40 short devotionals, encouraging and equipping you in this battle.