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All Belongs To God

All Belongs To God

It is often said that we are just stewards, not owners, of what we have. Is that really true? If it is true, what does that mean for me? I had heard that I am only a steward and not an owner many times, but I had never checked it out or thought about the implications.

I thought I was a generous person and I thought I understood Biblical stewardship. Then I spent some time reading Randy Alcorn books and articles as well as the writings of many other Biblical scholars. I began to realize that the Biblical foundation for stewardship was broader than just a few verses and the implications were life-changing. In fact, the foundation for Biblical stewardship and God’s generosity to us by allowing us to be His managers, or stewards, is woven through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and is as solid is the Bible itself. There are too many verses to list every one, but I did want to list some of the verses that establish God’s sovereignty and ownership over everything. It starts with creation itself and the very fact that God made everything and then put mankind over His creation.

Let’s take a trip through the Bible verses saying that God is the Creator and sustainer of all that we have and all that we are. It isn’t our stuff because it all belongs to Him.

Genesis 14:22
22  But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,
So God made everything, ourselves included. That’s a nice start, but does He still own everything? In Exodus He certainly did.

1 Chronicles 29:13-14 (David prayed to God)
13  Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
14  “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

Randy Alcorn gives us the reason for the importance of this foundation and points out the implications I addressed earlier in this article,
“I believe the most dangerous misconception is the idea our money and possessions belong to us, not God. Many of our problems begin when we forget that God is the Boss of the universe. But, in fact, He is more than the boss; He is the owner.”

Why is it a dangerous misconception? Again, according to Randy Alcorn:

“As long as I hold tightly to something, I believe I own it. But when I give it away, I relinquish control, power, and prestige. When I realize that God has a claim not merely on the few dollars I might choose to throw in an offering plate, not simply on 10 percent or even 50 percent, but on 100 percent of “my” money, it’s revolutionary. If I’m God’s money manager, I’m not God. Money isn’t God. God is God. So, God, money, and I are each put in our rightful place.”

Any other thought, any other approach, leads to materialism and potentially to making your stuff your idol. Once we recognize that God is the owner, we have no choice but to respect the wishes of the Owner.

There is no room for debate or argument; everything you have belongs to God and comes from Him. We are stewards over what He has allowed us to use and have for the time He gives us on earth. All that is left is your choice – what will you do differently because it belongs to someone else? My choice is easy given the obvious truth.