Stewards, Not Owners

10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.[e] 16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. 18 O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. 

1 Chronicles 29: 10-18

As we think on how to serve God this new year, the Word reminds us that everything we possess is God’s to begin with. The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). Consider: our wealth, our belongings, our clothes, our health, our talents, our hobbies,our social media accounts, our creations, our families, friends, relationships, our churches, our jobs, our businesses, our spouses, our children- yes, everything- belongs to God. One of our greatest deceptions is that we believe we own what we have, that we are the source of what we posses. But scripture is clear that what we have, we have been given. Therefore, we are not owners, we are stewards. God has invested in us, but his investment is not only for his gain but our delight. 

I think knowing this truth will liberate us to serve God more willingly this new year. Our time, tithe, and talents all belong to God. What has God blessed you with today? How can you use it to glorify God? You are a story of grace and glory, and I pray that God would “keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of his people and direct their hearts toward Him.” 

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