A few weeks ago, I began four weeks of Monday writings on the topic of Keys to A Blessed Life. Jesus taught us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33). Simply put, place God’s kingdom first, and the Lord will take care of us. Now there is a fundamental choice everyone makes when they first come to Christ, and that is placing Him as Lord of our life. Every day after that, a believer’s life either reinforces that decision or denies it. What we will discover is that this is not mostly an issue that is material or physical, but spiritual and God’s Word holds the keys to a genuinely blessed life.
The third key to a blessed life I will explore is that we must acknowledge God as the owner of everything. Only through recognizing this reality that God owns everything, including our very selves, are we released from the trapping of loving other things above Him. Only then can we live a life providing true fulfillment. You can go anywhere in the world, and owning something is important is almost everyone. Our very nation was, in part, founded on the desire to own land (a novel thought in the time of monarchs). However, as we study the Bible, we discover that actually, we don’t own anything. The gospel truth is that God owns everything. For instance, we read:
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps 24:1).
Everything under heaven belongs to God (see: Job 41:11). The Lord is the creator and owner of all. Paul quotes Psalm 24:11 in 1 Corinthians 10:26 to explain that since God owns everything, there is profound freedom for the believer. Truth be told, there is a great deal of anxiety that often comes with owning things. Therefore, knowing that God owns everything presents the possibility of real peace and power. Peace in knowing that our God, who is sovereign, holds all things together in His own capable hands (see: Col 1:17). Power in that we can stop compartmentalizing what we believe belongs to God and what we believe is ours.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:7:
“For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God?”
Paul is reminding the Christians in Corinth that all their abilities, opportunities, and blessings are from God. Once we walk in the truth that God is the owner of everything, the Spirit produces within us the fruit of humility and thanksgiving. The whole way we see our time, talent, treasure, and testimony changes. These are gifts from God, and by the power of His Spirit, we can live a blessed life characterized by fullness of heavenly treasure, divine rest, and fulfillment as we know Him and make Him known. As we allow God to increase in our lives and we decrease, allowing the Spirit to have a growing influence in our life…As we, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, have undivided devotion to our Lord…As we acknowledge God as the owner of everything, including our very selves, we reap profound spiritual benefits. As we live with open hands, not just acknowledging that God owns everything, but eagerly desiring His will to be done with all that we are and all that we have, the resources of heaven wash over us for His glory, our blessing, and the benefit of others.
It is a joy to acknowledge God as the owner of everything with each of you. The peace and power we receive when we do so is such a blessing. Let’s encourage one another to walk in the freedom of this truth. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!