Summary: If God wons everything then why is it in your hands, your bank account, your life? God has a reason!
If God Owns It All, What Am I Doing With It?
ILLUS. Police officer sitting back, off road, watching traffic. Car passes him slowly. Other cars speeding around it. As much of a danger as a speeder. Pulled up behind them. Only doing 22 mph. Noticed elderly driver and 4 other passengers. “What’s matter officer, Was I speeding?” Apologized. Police officer noticed ladies in car seemed nervous and agitated. Ma’am, are your passengers alright? “They’ll be ok? We just came of “route 125.”
Sometimes what we think is important in serving God is far different from what is important to God.
For instance did you know that there are 272 verses in Bible talk about believing; prayer=371; love=714.
(W/out love all amounts to nothing).
Giving/generosity=2, 162 verses. Important?
Today continuing our study on the 5 G’s. Grace, Growth, Groups, Gifts, and today “Generosity”.
In Matthew 25 there is a rather simple story with some profound lessons for us today. This story will help us to better understand God’s idea of generosity/giving?
Read Matthew 25:14ff (The Message)
In this story I want you to think of the master as God and the servants as you and I.
The first key to understanding generosity is to understand that
1. God owns it all. (vs. 14-19)
If He owns it all…what am I doing with it?
Well, He owns it, you and I are to manage it.
Illus. Friend who lived near fairgrounds in my hometown.
We thought it would be a good idea if we charged people to park. Talked with his Dad. Ok. Had cars all over front yard. Man came up to us really angry! Started yelling at us. Complaining about what cars doing to lawn. I asked who he was? He was the owner of the house and land, and lawn!
See. Friend’s Dad made mistake. Thought just because he lived in house it was his house. Forgot that He wasn’t the owner.
Think we make same mistake. Just because we have all of the stuff in our life, abilities, talents, possessions, etc.
The fact that God is the owner means 2 very important things…
A) It means God has a right to the things in my life.
That means we no longer have to wrestle w/the possession issue.
ILLUS. My oldest daughter, when she was 3 or 4 years old. French Fries. “Can I have one?” “No, they’re mine!”
We all understand this mindset in a 3 or 4 year old child. But what about when we do the same thing to God?
I think the height of ingratitude is seen when God gives us something, only to have us build a wall around it and tell God He can’t touch it!
Understanding God’s ownership means we no longer have to wrestle with the permission issue.
If God owns it than He has a right to it.
If God owns my life, then He has a right to it.
If God owns my possessions, then He has a right to them.
If God owns talents and abilities, then He has a right…
If God owns my money, then he has a right to it.
B) It means that every decision regarding my resources or possessions is a spiritual decision.
The decisions I make regarding my family and their future.
The decisions regarding my possessions…my car, house…