“1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him, that God may be all in all.”
Paul coined some unusual and powerful phrases. “That God would be all and all” touches on the eternity and self sufficiency of our God. These characteristics of God are impossible to comprehend, we catch glimpses of them by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The incredible thing about these eternal characteristics of God is this, we are created in His image and nothing less than these immutable attributes can satisfy our hungry hearts. Here is how Andrew Murray saw this all in all aspect of The Lord.
“…if this is what fills the heart of Christ; if this expresses the one end of the work of Christ, then, if I want to have the spirit of Christ in me, the motto of my life must be: Everything made subject, and swallowed up in Him, “that God may be all in all.” What a triumph it would be if the Church were fighting really with that banner floating over her! What a life ours could be if that were really our banner! To serve God fully, wholly, only, to have Him all in all! How it would ennoble, and enlarge, and stimulate our whole being! I am working, I am fighting, “that God may be all in all;” that the day of glory may be hastened. I am praying, and the Holy Spirit makes His wrestling in me with unutterable longing, “that God may be all in all.” Would that we Christians realized in connection with what a grand cause we are working and praying; that we had some conception of what a Kingdom we are partakers of, and what a manifestation of God we are preparing for.”
David Brainerd was a missionary to the Native Americans during the Great Awakening. His diary has inspired thousands of young men and women to follow his example in a life dedicated to missionary work. Here is a snippet from his diary. In it, you can see what sustained him in his incredibly difficult calling.
“Monday, July 7. My spirits were considerably refreshed and raised in the morning. There is no comfort, I find, in any enjoyment without enjoying God and being engaged in his service. In the evening, had the most agreeable conversation that ever I remember in all my life, upon God’s being “all in all” parenthetical, and all enjoyments being just that to us which God makes them, and no more. ‘Tis good to begin and end with God. Oh, how does a sweet solemnity lay a foundation for true pleasure and happiness!”
Yes, it is good to begin and end with God. Tasting this “all in all” characteristic of God will take you a long way in your struggles in this life. Start today, start now. Lord you are my all in all. In you I find joy and satisfaction, you are my source of life.