READ : Psalm 24:1-2; 50:1-15
. . . for the world is mine, and all that is in it. (Psalm 50:12 NIV)
The home you live in, the car you drive, the business you run, the air you just breathed: It is not yours. We should not use the words my and mine lightly, for all of the earthly things that we consider our own really belong to God. The title may be in our name, the mortgage paid with money from our paychecks but ultimately, the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
A heavenly perspective on earthly things requires a stewardship rather than ownership approach. Earthly things come and go. Owners tend to hold on tightly and give reluctantly. Stewards recognize that they are caretakers of all they have, charged with using it for the true owner.
Do you believe God’s claim that, “the world and its fullness are mine” (Psalm 50:12)? If so, live as a steward of what he has entrusted to you. Remember that it really does all belong to him. The challenge is to figure out what he wants us to keep and use, and what he wants us to let go of and give back to him.
Lord, help me to live as a faithful steward of all that you have entrusted to my temporary care. Amen.