Stuff-it’s not ours!
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Who created everything? God. The heaven and earth belong to him. He created man in his image and said…
“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.” (Gen. 1:29-30 NIV)
God gave us everything from the beginning of time. Since our stuff came from God, then aren’t we to give it back to God? He has entrusted us with His belongs, His creations, His treasures on earth. We are the resident managers of God’s stuff. God values all that He has made including us. Are jobs as His caretakers are to be good stewards of all that He has given to each of us.
My stuff belongs to me you say, no one else. Reality is, no it doesn’t! God gave you the job you have which provided a salary to purchase your “stuff”. Your stuff belongs to God. Look around your home; every time you see something that you purchased, instead of saying, “it’s mine”, say “it’s thine”. My TV is not mine it belongs to thine oh Lord, this computer is not mine, it is thine. When we change our thought process it makes it easier to see that our stuff, our piles of books, games, DVD’s all belong to the one who created us. Luke 20:25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
But God Still Provides!
Not every person will have wealth, health, or status to give. But God still has provided for us, and given all of his creations a unique set of traits that we are called to use for his kingdom, his glory. Our mission that we are to accept is to look at our own circumstances and see how The Lord is calling us to serve Him and give back to His kingdom.
Wealth comes in a variety of ways. Some have money, knowledge, gift of teaching, preaching, or the ability to write. If you have been blessed with financial security then should not one way you help His Kingdom is to give as much to His church as you can? Should you stop at just tithing at 10%? Lets see, if He has blessed you with this sort of freedom from money, and all money, all belongs to Him, then He should receive the first cut, the biggest portion, and you live off of what He has provided for you after that.
If you are like me, not of financial means, then your goal, your way of giving should be of your talents or time. (Romans 12:7 NIV) “if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;” (Luke 14:33 (NIV) “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”
Just remember thine. All belong to thine and work from that premise. Remembering that all is from Him, belong to Him, this makes it easier to give back to Him, to others, and to do it with a cheerful heart, for this pleases Him most!