November 15, 2020 – My Possessions Are Not Mine (Pledge Sunday)
Life is lived on borrowed possessions. We live in someone else’s house/apartment. We drive someone else’s car. We use someone else’s tools, computer, toys, and furniture. None of it belongs to us. It is all God’s. He has gifted it to us, because Christ has secured every good gift for us, but it is all temporary, and ultimately his. Use of things then calls for: care, good maintenance, lack of obsession, balance, with an eye on who else might benefit from these possessions.
Deuteronomy 10:14 Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.
Psalm 89:11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.
Job 41:11 “Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.
Luke 12:33-34 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Luke 12:15 – Life does not consist of the abundance of things.
I John 3:17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?