The Promise Of Two Worlds

J. D. Conley
April 5, 2015

The world's expression "having it all," is spurious and misleading. While the expression is all encompassing, it is in fact limited. Many think having fame and fortune is having it all. Others will simply assert that having good health is having it all. But even if one were to acquire the world's concept of having it all, viz., wealth, fame, prestige, power, youth, looks, and good health, they would come up short. Why? Because none of these things produce happiness, intrinsic worth, love, or a single spiritual blessing!

So how does one go about truly having it all? Is it even feasible or remotely possible?

It is! But with this proviso, and i.e., focusing on the spiritual as opposed to the material. This glorious achievement will bestow the promise of not just one, but two worlds! This earthly one, and the heavenly one to come. It won't mean fame and fortune will be ours, but it will mean we will be able to squeeze the most out of this world to enjoy. This is what Jesus meant when He said, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Mt.5:5). The Lord didn't mean Christians would become vast land holders and real estate moguls, just that they're best able to enjoy this world's blessings apart from becoming enamored with them. The impoverished apostle Paul claimed, " having nothing, and yet possessing all things" (2Cor.6:10). Therefore, having the best of this world has nothing to do with earthly possessions. Rather, it has everything to do with godliness.

In writing to young Timothy, Paul informed him what was needed to have the promise of two worlds. He told him, "But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come" (1Tim.4:7-8). Timothy is told to reject believing fables/stories that had no sacred merit. Could these fables include fanciful ideas about accumulating earthly wealth and giving too much attention to the physical body? While Paul admits there are small benefits to bodily exercise, he states that exercising unto godliness is vastly more valuable. What makes it so? The promise of both worlds!

Knowing this, let us devote ourselves to the exercise of godliness, which is the performance of godly works. The pay off is astounding - the promise of both worlds - that's truly having it all!