For I am his master-creation, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. I am bought with a price. Having sold myself off cheaply, I have been redeemed at the Devil’s pawn shop where I had been priced as worthless and scheduled to be dumped into the dumpster in the alley out back. But I have been purchased by his blood, cleansed rehab-ed and am a new creation in Christ. I am not just loved I am now LOVABLE, no longer dirt I am now pure gold, changed by His amazing alchemy. I Corinthians 6.20, 7.23
So where does any thought of ownership come from? It’s not my time my reputation, my things, my family, my children, my health, I AM BUT THE STEWARD-IT’S ALL HIS, and boy oh boy does he take good care of what belongs to him! Luke 12.42
One of our first learned words if MINE! Open up your fist and hold all things in an open palm. He gives he takes away blessed be the name of the Lord! If he wants to bless and use you for the kingdom, he must give you a dream and then make it impossible. Then give it to you again and sometimes kill it again. That way you won’t wind up loving the blessing more than the blesser, loving the ministry more than the minister. When it is time for him to take away for safekeeping the dream he has given: then if my fist is closed tightly around it my fist will be hurt as he takes it away.
THAT WHICH YOU “OWN” WILL SOON OWN YOU!
Oh the freedom of it ALL belonging to God!
I am no fool if I quit clinging to that which is not really mine and I can’t keep anyhow: in order to obtain that which is truly mine and can never be taken away. I’m laying up treasures in heaven where there are no moths or rust or thieves. Matthew 6.20
Perhaps the most irritating part of God’s truth on ownership is that I will be held accountable for my stewardship of what does not belong to me. Have you ever had something that others borrowed then took worse care of than if it were their own? Well God owns your body, how are you taking care of it? He owns your car, are you caring for it and using it as the owner would approve?
Fortunately he does not want us to be uptight, fearing his power and ownership so burying our talents and resources in the back yard. He wants us to be available to move our body parts according to a growing picture of his principles applied to our current situation. He then takes our feeble efforts and multiplies them and makes them significant. He gets the ownership we get the use, he gets the glory we get the blessing. Pretty good deal in my estimation!
LORD I PUT ALL ON THE ALTAR, I OWN NOTHING, I RECEIVE ALL FROM YOU, HELP ME TO ENJOY AND USE AND INVEST AND STEWARD. BLESS MY FEEBLE EFFORTS