Recognition of God’s Ownership
Recognition of God’s ownership is the fundamental principle of stewardship. We can recognize God’s ownership from two perspectives: 1) from the perspective of Creation, 2) from the perspective of Redemption.
Today, we will talk only about the first, namely, from the perspective of Creation. The Bible, particularly the book of Genesis, tells us that God is the owner of everything in this world, because he created the world and everything in it. As the Psalmist says: “To Yahweh belong the earth and all it holds, the world and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1)
God’s act of creation, however, did not stop with the creation of the world. God’s creative work keeps on. God, out of his love for us, continued to supply our needs. He keeps on giving us the things we need. In other words, it is by the grace of God that we acquire everything we have. So it is not “my” life, the life God has freely entrusted to me; not “my” job, but the job God has blessed me with; not “my” money, but the ability to earn money God has freely entrusted to me.
All we have, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the sun that gives us light, the snow on which we ski, all of which we enjoy but none of them we own. And the beautiful amazing part of it is that God never sends us a bill for our use of his creation. Imagine if you received a bill from God stating, You have breathed 25 pounds of air this week, and you owe me five hundred dollars.” God never sends us a notice that our payment is past due. Because we have failed to pay, we will have no air to breath this week.
The point is that none of us could live even for a minute of this earth if God has not generously shared his wealth with us. Stewardship is a recognition that everything belongs to God. We are only his caretakers.
Rev. Anacleto S. Asebias, Jr.