Our possessions belong to God

JESUS SPEAKING

                And it came to pass, when he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that he sent two of his disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat.  Loose it and bring here.  And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”  So those who were sent went their way and found it just as he had said to them.  But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”  And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”  And they brought him to Jesus (Luke 19: 29 – 35.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

                The book of Zechariah prophesied that the messiah would arrive humbly; “riding on a donkey.”  Jesus therefore sent out two disciples to procure an animal for his triumphal entry in to Jerusalem.  When the men were confronted by the owners, they did as they were instructed; they responded saying, “The Lord has need of it” (in turn, they were permitted to leave.)  Much has been written about this brief encounter; many commentaries likely highlight the omniscience of God, the wisdom of Christ, and the faithfulness of the disciples (with good reason.)  Yet in the midst of God’s glory, there exists a nameless stranger; a generous man (or woman) who immediately recognized that his (or her) possessions were divine endowments; gifts from God that were to be used to serve the creator whenever He had need of them.

                Every year around the holidays, a Christian organization known as ‘Operation Christmas Child’ begins working with thousands of churches throughout the United States.  Congregational members are instructed to fill shoeboxes full of toys and deliver them to their local pastors.  The boxes are then transported to a warehouse where they are sorted by volunteers, packaged, and shipped to impoverished nations around the world.  Recently, I and a few other Christians volunteered at a nearby processing plant; we sorted through hundreds of boxes; the gifts were beautiful (some givers chose to include pictures of themselves and many had even taken the time to write letters.)  Millions of people across the country were asked by God to give of their resources; millions responded to His call; in turn, many have come to experience the love of Jesus Christ.

                Our possessions are not our own; our time, our money, and our resources all belong to God.  We are simply stewards of what we have been given.  When the Lord calls we must be willing to relinquish control of our goods so that others may know the love of Christ.  Be still, and the Holy Spirit will tell you what and when to give.  Be generous, be faithful, and you will experience the joy of the Lord; and His peace will fill your heart, now, and forevermore.

                “Lord Heavenly Father, give us opportunities to use our resources to further Your Kingdom.  May we be generous; may we be faithful; may we serve others with gladness and singleness of heart; and may we never turn away from those who are in need.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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