“A lack of generosity refuses to acknowledge that your assets are not really yours, but God’s.” Timothy Keller
This past Sunday, our Pastor, Bob Henson, gave a sermon on how generosity makes God smile. You can listen to it here http://www.graceanglicankaty.com/sermons/. It really made me think about what I think about my possessions.
Intellectually, I know everything I have is by the grace of God, but how do I feel about the things I have? Do I feel they belong to me or to God? There is a difference between understanding this intellectually and feeling it in your heart.
When I look around at my house and the things inside it, do I feel they belong to the Lord? I do feel my house belongs to the Lord, but the things within it make me struggle a bit more. When my husband and I were looking for our house and knew we were moving back to the U.S. I had a dear friend tell me I didn’t need to worry about finding a house. She knew God had already chosen our house and she said it would be a planting.
It wasn’t until much later that I understood what this meant. Our home has been able host Bible study, prayer meetings, women’s gatherings, etc. for our church. We are a church plant and do not have a permanent worships space. My house has been part of planting our church and it feels like it truly belongs to the Lord.
The things inside the house are a little harder to truly feel like they belong to the Lord. It isn’t something that will simply happen. Being more grateful for the things I have and recognizing that EVERYTHING I have belongs to the Lord is a good place to start.
How do you view your possessions? Are they yours or the Lord’s? If we can truly grasp that everything belongs to the Lord, we might not only be more generous but also be more grateful.
The earth is the Lord‘s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
- Scripture from www.biblegeateway.com