Yesterday I wrote about encouragement and what it can do to us; today, let us look at something very important to many of us – possessions.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
“O LORD our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously. (1 Chronicles 29:14, 16, 17 NLT)
I love how David praised the Lord! Though he is rich and mighty, David knew where his riches and strength come from. David learned to give for he knows all the blessings he enjoys are from the Lord and did not just spring about because of himself. His gratitude and generosity did not stop with himself but it even overflowed to the whole Israelite community. Everyone acknowledged that they are blessed and became good stewards of everything they received. It also occurred that giving was never an issue for them for they knew, like David, that what they have is the Lord’s.
Do you own your possessions? Or do your possessions own you? It is hard to live a life of generosity if we think that what we have is ours (of course, our giving should be a revelation; and it can only be one if we listen intently to God’s voice; and we can only hear it when we talk to Him and spend time with Him). We can only escape the chains of greed if we stop being the owner and start being the steward.
And yes, if you don’t know just yet, you own nothing in this life and you can never take anything as you go (Job 1:21).