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Owner or Steward?

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February 29, 2024 7:00 pm

Owner or Steward?

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February 29, 2024 7:00 pm

“Am I an owner or a steward?” The CEO of a multibillion-dollar company asked himself that question as he weighed what was best for his family. Concerned about the temptations that can come with vast wealth, he didn’t want to burden his heirs with that challenge. So he gave up his personal stake in the company. Recognizing that everything he owns belongs to God helped him make his decision to allow his family to earn a living in exchange for work while also using future profits to fund Christian ministry.

In Psalm 50:10, God tells His people, “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” As the Creator of all things, God owes us nothing and needs nothing from us. “I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens,” He says (v. 9). He generously provides everything that we have and use as well as the strength and the ability to earn a living. Because He does, as the psalm shows us, He is worthy of our heartfelt worship.

God owns everything. But because of His goodness, He even chose to give Himself, entering into a relationship with any who turn to Him. Jesus “did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). When we value the Giver over the gifts and serve Him with them, we are blessed to delight in Him forever.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. I'm James Banks, and I titled our reading, Owner or Steward? Am I an owner or a steward? The CEO of a multi-billion dollar company asked himself that question as he weighed what was best for his family. Concerned about the temptations that can come with vast wealth, he didn't want to burden his heirs with that challenge.

So he gave up ownership of his company and placed 100% of the voting stock in a trust. Recognizing that everything he owns belongs to God helped him make the decision to allow his family to earn a living in exchange for work while also using future profits to fund Christian ministry. In Psalm 50, verse 10, God tells his people, Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. As the Creator of all things, God owes us nothing and needs nothing from us.

I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, he says. He generously provides everything that we have and use as well as the strength and the ability to earn a living. Because he does, as the Psalm shows us, he's worthy of our heartfelt worship.

God owns everything. But because of his goodness, he even chose to give himself, entering into a relationship with any who turn to him. Mark 10, verse 45 tells us that Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. When we value the giver over the gifts and serve him with them, we are blessed to delight in him forever.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Psalm 50, verses 7 through 15. Listen, my people, and I will speak. I will testify against you, Israel. I am God, your God. I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me. I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine and the cattle on a thousand hills.

I know every bird in the mountains and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all that is in it. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice thank offerings to God. Fulfill your vows to the Most High and call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you and you will honor me. Let's pray together. You made everything, faithful God and Creator. Help us to live our lives as a gift from you today. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is James Banks and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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