AtoZ Blog challenge 2018
A is All Belongs to God
All belongs to God? So the Bible actually says that? Gee, that just seems kind of greedy. Right? The All-Powerful, All-Knowing, Everywhere-Present at once God owns everything as well?
Yeah. The Bible says that. In several places and several ways (24 Verses Page). Here are a few verses:
“Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.” Deut. 10:14 [i.e. Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 10, *verse 14]
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. (Psalm 24:1) [Old Testament]
‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts. [Haggai 2:8]
“Everything belongs to God, and all things were created by his power. [This is the wording from the Contemporary English Version of the New Testament book of Hebrews Chapter 2, *verse 10.]
Maybe you look at the complexity of the world and think the theory of Intelligent Design makes sense. Or if you believe in a creator god or gods, or you believe in one Creator God, then you tend to acknowledge the making of all the stuff, the matter, right down to elements and atoms. A factory might produce cars, smart phones, and clothes, but we own it now. Don’t we?
Not according to the Bible. From the first, we are told that God gave us the whole of creation not for us to be owners but to be stewards (aka those who take care of something for the owner). We are supposed to manage matter. Do we create? Sure we do! Unlike any other creature on earth, we were made in the image of God (On the last day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” Genesis 1:26). I like to tell writers and artists that because we are made in the image of a Creator, we create. I think creativity feeds our soul in a way. But I digress. Managers is what we are, not owners. (That includes the Earth’s resources!)
God still owns it all. This is the number 1 Biblical Principle of Finance. When I teach money matters from the Bible, I either bring some items of my own or have volunteers from the listeners illustrate how central this is to the lives of those seeking not only better ways, but the best.
“Who owns this checkbook?” I held mine up.
Students in Maryland replied, “God does.”
“How am I using God’s money?”
“Who owns this credit card?”
Believers in Belgium said, “God.”
“Am I using credit the way God says to?”
I point to the volunteer’s big, shiny watch. “Who owns that watch?”
Listeners in the DR Congo shouted, “God owns it.”
“Are we managing our time for God?”
To people holding up their cell phones, I asked, “Who owns these phones?”
In Sweden church goers said, “God.”
“Are we texting and saying words that God would want said on His phone? Am I visiting websites, watching videos, and listening to music that pleases my God?”
Taking this one teaching to heart changes everything for me. I have a terribly short memory for application though. I need constant reminding. Not only about stuff.
My children belong to God too. If I’m willing, I can let go of my illusions of control. Let go of my anxiety over what is beyond me.
Peace and Freedom wait to be claimed when I give everything back to my God, my Savior, my Christ.
A is All Belongs to God. 26 Days of The Bible Says What?!? (About Your Money) are coming your way.
Other “A” Topics from #A2Z around the web:
- A is for April Fools Day talking about life with teens and tons of cats on day one (a day late like me!)
- A is for A Dandy – Stop by to learn Ozark slang and talk quilting
- A is for Athelhampton and the incident of the sausage – History lovers will want to drop by here
*A verse in the Bible is like a Line Number in other documents. It helps us find specific info. related to topics of interest.
Kristin King began her study of the financial principles in the Bible during tight times in 1999 and has never stopped learning and teaching. She recommends joining the Crown.org newsletter for uplifting testimonies, solid teaching and applications. Kristin is also available for speaking engagements as time allows. Message her on Facebook at Kristin F. Chaudoin King for more information.