Focal Passage: 1 Chronicles 29:1-20
I used to manage jewelry stores. As a manager, I was bonded
for over $5 million dollars — this is a fancy way of saying the company insured
me in case I desired to carry a large portion of our inventory out in my
Anyone who has ever visited a jewelry store knows jewelry is
Over the years, I had people threaten to shoot me unless I
brought certain items with me to my car. Others, while trying to repossess
unpaid merchandise, offered to show me the barrel of a 357 magnum in a very “up
close and personal way.”
When you have these kinds of experiences, you learn to look
at material things differently. The whole time I was a jewelry store manager I
never once worried about the safety of the merchandise in my store. I was very
responsible and followed a disciplined security regimen all the time, but I was
never worried about the merchandise or whether someone would take it. I didn’t
have to worry; it wasn’t mine. It belonged to Mr. Friedman and he was the one
who insured it. All I had to do was follow the proper security protocols.
In 1 Chronicles 29:10-20, David has come to the very same
conclusion regarding everything he and his people had in the way of “stuff.”
David’s conclusion in these verses was that everything
belonged to the Lord. The Lord owned the earth, the air, the animals and all of
David acknowledged the people’s willingness to give of their
personal wealth, but this acknowledgement was couched in the realization that
even what they willingly gave was given to them by the Lord!
What David had was the Lord’s. What the people had also
belonged to Him. Even their desire and ability to give was “given” by God!
Americans spend approximately $104 billion dollars a year on
personal and home security. Even I am security conscious. Of course, thus far,
I stop at insuring my goodies rather than paying an alarm company. I want to be
a good manager, but I would hope not to get too obsessed.
Yet I still have to remind myself of my jewelry days; I
didn’t worry then because I merely cared for the merchandise as a manager — Mr.
Friedman was the owner.
Today, I have to remind my often obsessive-compulsive
tendencies of the same fact; I really do not own anything I “have” since God
has given me everything. The sooner I acknowledge this and “let go” the better
I will be.
And the better and more obedient you will be.
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