Posted 4/22/2018

 We live in a world that encourages us to consider ourselves to be self-made men and women and to have earned all we possess. We expect that what we own will be carefully protected, so we can do whatever we want with what is ours. The idea of “private property” is foundational to our society and our economic system.


Yet Scripture challenges our assumptions. It says that all we have and all we are comes from God. We are not our own — we have been “bought with a price” (1 Cor 6:20a). We were created by God and, as our confessions say, “we belong to God.” 


Yet it isn’t just we who were created by God. All of the world was created by God and belongs to God. We are not the owners, we are only the stewards. That is, we are only the “care-takers.” We are called upon to manage the earth and all in it with care on behalf of God. We are called upon to do so keeping God’s vision for the world in front of our eyes.


As you think about God’s vision of the world — about the world God intends — what kind of steward are you? Are you managing God’s resources in a way that would please God?