When our perspective on every thing that we own is that, in fact, it belongs to God, would the way in which we treat it be different? everything. every thing. our bank account, our salary, our gifts and talents, our homes, our cars, our debts, our children… everything.
For much of my life, I never gave this much thought. A few years ago, in deep contemplation after working hard to get my family’s finances in order, I had a change of perspective – and began viewing EVERY THING I have as belonging to God, and I’m simply the steward of what He’s allowed me to have. It was both freeing and humbling to look at my possessions differently – I began to look at things in terms of how they could be used to further His kingdom.
I’m not sure if it’s our humanness or our culture that challenges this, but I’d daresay it’s probably not a “typical” viewpoint, if there is such a thing. In fact, I have to continually remind myself to keep this perspective, else I drift back to default, which is to think of things as “mine”. Hearing our lesson on the talents last night reminded me that I’ve drifted from center and need to re-ignite my realization that ALL I have is HIS.
As I stand before an open door to an opportunity that I’ve prayed about for years, watching it fall into place in such a way that there is absolutely no way to mistake that God is orchestrating it, I am reminded of the verse:
Luke 12:48 “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
Luke 16:9: “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings
I am being blessed beyond measure that I might bless others beyond measure, giving God the power and glory forever and ever.
I am confident that God, who has called me to this purpose, will both provide and equip me to do His will. He makes all things beautiful in His time.