It All Belongs to God (4)
When it comes to our money, we like to think, ‘I earned it, so it’s mine.’ But that’s where you’re dead wrong!
The Bible says: ‘To the Lord your God belong the heavens…the earth and everything in it.’ ‘Yours, O Lord, is the greatness…the power… the glory…the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours’ (1 Chronicles 29:11 NIV). “The silver…and the gold is Mine,” declares the Lord Almighty’ (Haggai 2:8 NIV).
Riches are like Monopoly money; if you’re better than your competition, you end up with the deeds to the most expensive properties.
But guess what?
When the game is over, the participants leave the table and all the stuff goes back in the box. And if you were overly aggressive, the other players may end up not liking you. Here’s a humbling Scripture: ‘Don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. They can’t take it with them; fame and fortune all get left behind. Just when they think they’ve arrived and people praise them because they’ve done well for themselves, they enter the family burial plot where they’ll never see sunshine again. We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long. Like our dogs, we age and weaken and die’ (Psalms 49:16-20 TM).
The God who owns it all gives it to us for two reasons:
1) To enjoy.
2) To invest into fulfilling His purposes on earth. When we live with that attitude, we replace fear with faith in God.
‘To the Lord your God belong the heavens…the earth and everything in it.’ Deuteronomy 10:14 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Philippians 1:8-10; 2:13-17;
I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus! It is my prayer that your love may abound more & more, with knowledge & all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, & so be pure & blameless for the day of Christ. It is God who works in you, both to will & to work for his good pleasure. do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless & innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked & twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad & rejoice! That I may know him & the power of his resurrection! One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind &straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore as many as are mature think this way! Join in imitating me & keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus! Amen!