Recently, my daughter shared a story about a woman who was baptized at her church. The woman being baptized was a driven, high-achieving doctor. She had competed as a college-level tennis player and had become a surgeon in a very competitive field, among other things. When she began to follow Jesus, she started a very interesting daily ritual. You see, as a surgeon, she knew that when one of her patients went into surgery, they had to sign a release form saying that they trusted her as their doctor and would accept any outcome of the surgery about to be performed. After she became a Christian, the doctor began keeping a stack of “release forms to God” on her bedside table. Every morning, she signs a form when she gets out of bed, in recognition of the fact that her good heavenly Father will be working in her heart and life that day. The young doctor is intentionally surrendering to God’s work each day.
Key #1: Perspective (Stewardship)
One of the greatest heart-level illusions about our money is that we have control over it. Whether we sign a money release form or not, God owns it all.
Our possessions seem like they are “ours.” But the powerful assertion of Scripture is that God owns everything, whether we acknowledge His ownership or not. As Creator and Sustainer of the universe, as the One who spoke the world into being and as the One who sets eternity in the hearts of men, God owns it all.
The statement is simple, but it is revolutionary in its scope and application. If God owns it all, it changes my relationship to almost everything. If God owns it all, so many things matter in a different way than they did before.
When I believe that God owns it all . . .
My trust in His goodness grows.
My belief in His sovereignty expands.
My attentiveness to His voice sharpens.
My perspective about how much I have—my possessions, my reputation, my family, my sphere of influence, my future plans, my past healing, and more—shifts from consumption to stewardship.
My concern over other people’s opinions diminishes; I now know that I play for an “audience of one.”
If God owns it all, I become free to view life as a great adventure with Him, stewarding my all for His glory.
If God owns it all, then my money matters differently. But more than that, if God owns it all, I enter a sacred and beautiful trust that extends far beyond my tithe or my year-end giving. If God owns it all, I become free to view life as a great adventure with Him, stewarding my all for His glory.
Ron Blue and Karen Guess, Never Enough? 3 Keys to Financial Contentment (Nashville, TN: B&H Books, 2017).
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