What you have is not yours
Did you know that what you think is yours is not yours at all.
Everything we see around, the properties and houses, the animals and vehicles, the riches and resources, all of these belong to God. Even the nations and countries belong to God. God created all of these and God owns them. As the ultimate owner of everything, God blesses people with positions and possessions such as lands, houses, money, cars, and all kinds of resources for a time and purpose.
When our time is up, God will take back all these from our hands and give them to other people. We will all die as we were born, naked and empty handed. None of us will be able to carry with himself the riches of this world.
“Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.” (Ecc 5:15).
Do not deceive yourself into thinking that you own your car, house, land, money or your clothes or even your position whatever it may be. They all belong to God not to you. However, God blessed you with these resources for a short season and a great purpose.
It is the greatest foolishness to think that men can own anything in this world. The heavens and the earth and everything in them belong to God and God alone. He made them and He alone owns them all. Even if you manage to accumulate a great quantity of riches, land, houses, gold and silver, one day you will still die as a naked and empty handed man, being able to carry none of the things you worked so hard and fought so fiercely to collect.
Chengiz Khan, the most brutal and greedy man ever, killed nearly 40 million people to conquer a land-mass nearly the size of Africa, stretching all the way from Korea into Europe. However, when he died at the age of 65, he was naked and empty handed. He could take with himself not even one speck of dirt. He had to leave everything behind. What a foolish man he was and what a waste of a life-time it was.
In addition, consider the question Jesus asked the foolish rich man (Luke 12:13-21): ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’
You do not own your people
Even the people in our lives such as our family and friends do not belong to us. They belong to God, because God created them and set the length of their lives as well as the boundaries of where they should live. God blessed us with those people as our friends and family for a time and purpose. Just as God gave them to us, God can take them away at any time. However, in the meantime we are blessed with those precious people around us for a great purpose.
After God’s beloved servant Job lost his possessions and his children, in great agony he stood up and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”(Job 1:21)
Job knew that his possessions and even his children did not belong to him. They belonged to God and God alone. Thus, God can take them away any time He chooses.
Your life is not yours either
What about your very own body and life? No, you do not even have ownership over your own life, your own breath or your own body. Even they belong to God. God created you in His image (Gen 1:27) and your whole being, both body and breath belong to God.
“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (Gen 2:7)
The breath in your lungs is not yours, even that belongs to God. When he takes His breath back from you will die and your body will become dust (Ps 104:29).
God blessed you with your body and your breath for a lifetime and for a great purpose.
God’s and God’s alone
All that we might have considered as our own is actually God’s alone. This timeless truth is best depicted in this song by Steve Green: God and God alone
“God and God alone created all these things we call our own
From the mighty to the small the Glory in them all is God’s and God’s alone
God and God alone is fit to take the universe’s throne
Let everything that lives reserve it’s truest praise for God and God alone
God and God alone reveals the truth of all we call unknown
And the best and worst of man won’t change the Master’s plan it’s God’s and God’s alone
God and God alone will be the joy of our eternal home
He will be our one desire Our hearts will never tire of God’s and God’s alone”
All that is yours, namely, your body and breath, your family and friends, your possessions and positions in this world are given to you by God for a time and purpose.
The “time” is your lifetime and the various season of your life. God will bless you with what you need in the right time, according to His plans. However, when God blesses you with what you need, it does not mean that you will be the owner. No, God is still the owner. He allows you to use what belongs to Him, to do what He called you to do.
The great purpose is to know, love and serve to the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength.
The whole purpose of man is to serve God in obedience. It is not to be rich nor to accumulate possession, nor to cling onto positions of power and authority.
Ownership of all things in heaven and earth, and power and authority belongs to God and God alone (2 Chron 20:6).
We are not the owners but the servants. For He created us to love, worship and serve him faithfully.
King Solomon concluded his book Ecclesiastes with these words:
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.” (Ecc 12:13).
Long before, King Solomon, Joshua also had the same conviction:
“As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!” (Josh 24:15).
God will bless you with what you need so that you can serve Him. However, when God blesses you the ultimate purpose is not that you shall have ownership of the things that God gives you. No, the purpose is that you shall use all that God gave you to love, worship and serve God faithfully.
Nothing is ours to keep. It all belong to God and God alone. We are His servants, created by Him, saved by Him, and equipped by Him with all that we need to do our service.
The Owner is coming
The owner of all things, the King of heavens and earth, Jesus Christ, is coming back soon. How will He find you? Will He find you as a good and faithful servant – working for the King and His Kingdom diligently, or as a wicked servant – trying to claim ownership over what belongs to the King?