Friday, January 25th, 2013
Show Me The Money (Part 3)
Who Owns It?
And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV)
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great.
1 Chronicles 29:12 (NAS)
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.
James 1:17 (NAS)
Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the Name of the Lord.'
Job 1:20-21 (NKJV)
Few people had more than Job, lost more than Job, suffered more than Job or regained more than Job. 'Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning' (Job 42:12).
But Job knew one thing all along: God owned everything. Throughout his ordeal, Job remained reverent and this wisdom sustained him. Will it sustain us?
Some of Earth's success stories say, 'I'm a self-made man.' Jesus said: 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30). Britney Spears said: 'I'm rich... rich. It's crazy.' G. K. Chesterton countered, 'To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.'
An unknown IRS auditor summed up man's challenge: 'The trick is to stop thinking of it as 'your' money.' Or as King David put it: 'The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it' (Psalm 24:1).
One of my grandson's first words was 'mine.' He was one year old. Apparently, arguments about ownership start early. God gave me a good answer for Jack and his grabby playmates. It works every time:
'Jack, it's not yours. You don't own anything. Not this toy, not your bed, nothing. Because everything belongs to God. Everything. And He tells us to share. If we don't, it will be taken away.' Jack had no comeback. Nor should we. Truth is truth.
When you realize you own nothing, your relationship to God and money takes on a whole new meaning. So I repeat to you:
'You don't own anything. Not your money, not your house, not your car, not your children, not your success, not even your body. It's all His--given to you in trust: to glorify God, to help other people and to enjoy yourself. In that order. If you don't share, it will be taken away.'
Consider The Parable of the Rich Fool: 'God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' ' (Luke 12:20).
'The riches we impart are the only wealth we shall always retain' (Matthew Henry).
'No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth' (Matthew 6:24).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Show Me The Money series.