Owners or Stewards?

October 2019: A Word From Dr. Stanley

You’ve probably noticed that God’s perspective can be 180 degrees different from the world’s. Psalm 24:1—which says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains”—is a good example. People who don’t know God oftentimes find this verse disturbing, but believers derive comfort from knowing that nothing belongs to us. The reason is, there’s great security in realizing that our heavenly Father owns everything.

There’s great security in realizing that our heavenly Father owns everything.

We live on God’s earth, drink His water, eat His food, breathe His air, feel His sun’s warmth, and yes, spend His money. We are simply stewards, or managers, of all that He entrusts to our care. And since the Lord is the actual owner of everything we have, He has final say regarding what we are to do with it.

Ultimately, the possessions, money, and opportunities God gives us are to be used for His glory. Now, this doesn’t mean He demands that we give everything away and live in poverty. The Lord graciously supplies us with good things to enjoy and use. But He also wants us to invest in what will last forever: His work, Word, and people. Everything else on earth will eventually turn into ashes.

I pray that the devotions in this magazine will help you find God’s guidance regarding your stewardship of His possessions. Ask Him how He wants to use the goods, opportunities, and privileges He’s given you. Then hold everything loosely, and let God’s Word direct you into His good and perfect will.

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1 The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

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