As we’re into a new month, it’s time to move on to our next core value: Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards.
Whenever people hear the word stewardship, they usually start thinking about money. Managing our money well is a large part of being God’s stewards and I’ll probably write a post about it sometime this month, but we’re not going to start there. In fact, we’re not going to talk about what we own at all this week. Instead, we’re going to focus on who owns us.
From the time we are born, we are slaves to sin. It is written into our nature. God redeems us from sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, but He does not make us our own masters. We have been bought with a price, and we belong to God now.
When God makes demands on our time or our money, it’s tempting to pull back. “It’s my life,” we think. “I have the right to do what I want with it.” But it is not our life. When we surrendered ourselves to Christ, we gave up the right to rule ourselves. In exchange, we gained a relationship with God that will last for eternity.
Keep that in mind this month as we explore the topic of stewardship. God doesn’t just own 10% of our money. He doesn’t even just own all of our stuff. He owns us.