Someone once wisely said, “Close your eyes; whatever you see is exactly what you actually possess!” Yet we often live in a way that shouts to the world, “God was the previous owner of my stuff!”
We look at the money we earned . . . the house we bought . . . the car we drive . . . the clothes we wear . . . even the food we eat as if we are the proud owner of it all. In reality, everything we have is on loan to us from God.
Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
Wealth and honor come from you.
(1 Chronicles 29:12)
A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
Who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
(1 Corinthians 4:7)
These verses, two from the Old Testament and two from the New, are only a small sampling of the verses of Scripture which declare that we are owners of NOTHING and stewards of EVERYTHING! When we keep this biblical truth in view, we begin the process of understanding that everything we have is a gift from God, and we are responsible to steward those gifts in such a way as to bring glory to Him and good to others.
So . . . how are you doing with the stuff you have been given? Remember, it not what you possess that becomes the problem; it’s what possesses you. That was the Achilles’ heel of the Rich Young Ruler whom we meet in the eighteenth chapter of Luke’s gospel. This man had great possessions and could have been using them for the glory of the One who had given them to him. But instead, his great possessions possessed him. Jesus knew the young man’s wealth was his functional savior, so He told him to sell it all and follow Him. But the young man went away sad. He could not part with the earthly possessions in which he sought to find his identity, meaning, significance, and purpose. He was unable to trust in Jesus and transfer ownership!
How is it with you? Is there anything you possess that currently possesses you? Wouldn’t this be a great time to “transfer” ownership back to the One who is the rightful owner? Remember, you can’t take any of it with you when you go, so why not begin stewarding all of your stuff for the expansion of the kingdom of Christ rather than your own? The reason God pours out His blessings on His people is so that they will flow through them to others.
When you close your eyes, you see everything you own. And when you open your eyes you see everything God owns and has loaned to you. With that thought in mind, is there anything you would do differently today with your possessions if God were not the “previous owner?” If yes, what are you waiting for?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!