Updated: Jan 7, 2019
We really own nothing! To own something, you must first create it. Since men have only discovered things and not created them, we own nothing. To think of ourselves more highly than that is to become possessive and prideful. Here is a biblical perspective on such matters:
1. We are not owners, we are merely stewards with God as our Lord.
1 Cor 4:1-2, 6-7, 18-20
”Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
2. Faithfulness is in our job description.
“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
3. We must be careful not to exalt other men/women above that which God allows.
“And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written,”
4. We must be mindful of pride which brings disunity.
“that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another?”
5. Everything I have is a gift from Almighty God.
“and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”
6. Pride leads to chastisement and a powerless life and ministry.
“Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
LESSON - Since possession can lead to pride, we should look for opportunities to display Biblical stewardship by giving away what is not rightfully ours. The Lord did not intend for us to even keep the Gospel to ourselves. Stewardship, giving, and humility were the examples left by the Lord Himself to follow. Our enemies (The world, our flesh, and Satan) would have us pursue possessiveness, hoarding, and pride. Which of these two spirits best exemplifies your life?