This question may be simple to ask but not so simple to answer. But before I tell you the question, let me highlight one irrefutable truth for those who call themselves Christians. The one truth is: God owns everything that exists, including you and me.
Just one of the many passages confirming God’s ownership of everything is found in Job 41:11 where God is forcefully questioning Job, “Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.” God actually owns us believers in a second way as Paul point out in Titus 2:13-14. “Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession…” We own nothing. Period. It is all His. I could give you lots of biblical references to this, but let’s make that an irrefutable fact.
Accepting this truth (this generation does not like irrefutable truths!) prepares us to ask the one question that changes everything in our lives. It is a question that must be asked routinely, daily, sometimes hourly.
Here is the question, simple to ask, but difficult to answer. “GOD, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO WITH ALL THAT YOU HAVE ENTRUSTED TO ME?”
We seem to be willing to acknowledge that God owns everything, but we still seem to continue making all the decisions regarding what we do with what we have. The ultimate objective of our stewardship (management) of God’s property is to do with it what He (the Owner) wants us (the managers) to do with it. What we want to do with our stuff is frankly irrelevant.
This idea may seem restrictive and impractical and it can feel that way because in the society we live in today it is counterintuitive. Jesus was the perfect model. He yielded completely to the will of the Father even to dying on the cross. And Jesus not only models this for us, He also give us very direct instruction on how we ought to be handling our Father’s property.
In the Sermon on the mount, He told them to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10.
The solution to this heaven on earth challenge is for us to willingly allow God’s will to rule how we manage our personal lives and what we do with the temporary possessions we watch over down here.
Can you imagine what would happen if:
- God’s people were to make all their time fully available for His use?
- If they devoted all their talents and whatever was needed of their material resources to carry out God’s purposes?
- If they care for their bodies like the sacred temple that it really is?
- If they saw their employment and careers as an extension of God’s calling on their lives and a fulfillment of their God-given purpose?
- If all their energy was clearly focused on knowing and following their Owner’s agenda and being the most obedient and effective managers possible of what He has entrusted to them?
Can you imagine how your personal life would change if each morning as you rose from your bed, you were to genuinely and humbly pray, “Okay, Lord, all that I am and all that I have are at your disposal. What are your plans for me and my stuff today? Thy will be done!”
It is not how much you have accomplished or how much money you have accumulated or how many children you have or how many poor people you have helped. It is about hearing the words; “Well done, good and faithful servant” isn’t it? This is about BEING a good and faithful servant, not about production. It is about obedience and reverence to the God who created it all. It doesn’t matter how much or how little He has entrusted to us and how much or little we ultimately accomplish for Him.
A “simple” question, “God, what do You want me to do with what You have entrusted to me?” It really changes everything, doesn’t it?
When we faithfully discern and follow His directive, we will, in a very real and a very tangible way, allow God’s Kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, won’t we?
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