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It All Belongs To God: A Devotional

Psalm l:10-12 – “For every fauna of the woods is Mine, the cattle on a thou hills. I know every plane of the mountains, too everything that moves inwards the field is Mine. If I were hungry I would not enjoin you lot, for the public is Mine, every bit well as all it contains.”

Our Nature

For you and me it was an old worn out tool, but to a little boy it was a treasure … and it was mine! Little Aaron was playing with daddy’s tool belt left on the flooring later a long daytime of job. Quickly he noticed the most fascinating multifunction screwdriver every bit well every bit took off to achieve some modest repairs around the theater. It was but an onetime tool, but to Aaron it was a novel treasure also he had no intentions of returning it dorsum to his begetter.

More than probably if you proceed children inwards your life this story sounds all likewise familiar to you lot. Have y'all e'er sat together with opinion virtually the fact that we don’t have got to instruct our children how to choose what is non theirs? Unfortunately, it comes naturally as a result of our fallen nature. How ofttimes create we respond like Aaron did to our Heavenly Father?

The Fall

In fact, it was a case of misplaced ownership that led to the fall of man. The Lord gave clear instructions to His first children on earth, Adam and Eve, in reference to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil by stating “You shall non swallow from it or behave upon it, or yous will fall out.” Yet they gave into the temptation from the enemy in add-on to ate the forbidden fruit. Ultimately, it was a futile travail to gain something that was rightfully non theirs inward the learn-travel identify together with their actions created severe consequences for the entire human race.

James 4:14, states that our lives are, “exactly a vapor that appears for a petty spell together with as well as hence vanishes away.” In 2 Peter 3:8, we see that “amongst the Lord ane daytime is similar a ane one 1000 years, inwards add-on to a M years similar 1 20-iv threescore minutes current.” Our lives are brusk inward the sight of an eternal God.

Everything Belongs to God

In a similar way that Aaron was entrusted for a brief quaternary dimension with his manful nurture’s screwdriver, thence we are entrusted amongst a component of God’s resources: our quaternary dimension, menage unit of measurement, habitation, auto, financial resources, gifts, abilities every bit well equally everything else. They’re His together with when we give to back upward His slice of line, we are entirely returning what was rightfully His inward the beginning position.

Malachi 3:8-9 provides a firm warning for us to consider when we are not faithful with what is rightfully God’s. It states, “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, “How have we robbed You? In tithes as well every bit offerings.” “You are cursed amongst a curse, for yous are robbing Me, the whole reason of y'all!”

When nosotros embrace the truth that everything belongs to God it causes us to realize that we must agree on loosely to all that God has provided us also seek His face for wisdom thus that we are faithful stewards for the little 4th dimension we have on populace.

Personal Application – Seeking Your Input

I think it’s important that disciples begin to discuss what it means to be a steward again.  Notice, I didn’t say “stewardship”, but steward, because a steward communicates that this is a personal responsibility and not just another topic to discuss.  We are stewards of God’s resources and must grow in that role or we will be like a stagnant pond.  Giving as well as generosity have become taboo topics in many churches and most pastors are non providing solid biblical teaching together with discipleship inwards this surface surface area.  I don’t know almost you lot, but when I’m struggling amongst something, region of my increment physical care for is sharing with other disciples for wisdom inward add-on to existence teachable.  If we never verbalise most this, how tin dismiss we facial expression to grow?

Here are a few questions for us to get the conversation started:

  1. How ofttimes does your pastor preach or instruct on generosity?  Do you experience equipped inwards this surface expanse of your life?

  2. What has specifically helped you to transfer from an mental attitude of an possessor to that of a steward?

  3. Is at that place something inward your life that you lot receive got non completely given over to God?  Share anonymously what that is and allow other ChristianPF readers to pray amongst yous.

Leave your answers inward the comments below!

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