April 11, 2018

The Word: Ownership


“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).

 

God is the owner of everything and He has transferred dominion over His creation to us (Genesis 1:26). As faithful stewards, we understand that we have been assigned the management or stewardship of God’s possession. We are responsible to the Owner, God, in the way we conduct our stewardship responsibilities.

We have all heard the stories of people like NFL player Michael Oher, who came from a broken home. Michael was in and out of foster homes and frequently homeless, and his estranged father was murdered while Michael was in high school. Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy became Michael’s legal guardians, and he developed into a college football star and a top NFL draft pick. His story was told in Michael Lewis' book The Blind Side and the Sandra Bullock film of the same name.

If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, you get an idea of how true ownership is measured. Of course, the Touhys did not own Michael. But they really had no reason to take any responsibility for him at all, either, except for sensing that Michael needed their help. While the Touhys had children of their own, they took in Michael and became his stewards when he needed them. And before long, he became part of their family.

True ownership is always a matter of the heart and not a matter of physical birth. It is always illustrated by true love. True ownership is never measured by human standards, but by divine obedience and love in action.

Isn’t wonderful to know that we belong to Jehovah God.

 

 

The Christian idea is this: That God is the absolute owner of all things.
—Clovis G. Chappell 

 

A simple prayer…

Heavenly Father, open the eyes of my heart to give myself to those in profound need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.