I once knew a woman who said to me of herself, “I am a very wealthy woman, yet I own nothing at all.” She recognized that God had blessed her with a heart to give of His riches to others whom He chose. She said she was a steward of God’s finances. She is now with the Lord but her gift of giving lives on.
The world has a very different view about ownership. Communism believes that the government owns everything and will share it out among everyone. Capitalism believes that the individual owns what they earn and they don’t have to share it with anyone. The world’s philosophy is very much an — everyone for his or her own self.
Christianity is unique. It teaches that God owns everything and will give each of us what we need as He sees best. God teaches that we are to look for reasons to bless someone in need; to make a relevant difference for the good of others, even it at times it means our own personal discomfort.
There is an interesting passage in Psalm 50:10-12 & 14, “For all the animals of the forest are mine and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. Every bird of the mountains, and all the animals of the field belong to me. If I were hungry, I would not mention it to you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.” Whether we recognize it or not, everything we have is because God let us have it.
He blesses us with our physical needs but at all times He is showing us that the most important things to possess is that which we cannot see with our physical eyes. The riches of our Father are priceless; jewels of peace, wisdom, and joy set in eternal crowns that cannot rust or decay.
What do we own? On earth, absolutely nothing that will last, but available in heaven, a fountain of wealth that never runs dry.