January 25

Written by Bill Grandi on January 25th, 2022

There is a tendency-maybe even more than that-for people to say or think that this (fill-in-the-blank) is mine. “I worked hard for it. I paid for it. It is mine.” Granted, that is a logical statement to make given our bent toward selfishness. But is it true?

The jury says no. I’d say no. And I’m pretty sure God would also say a big. fat. NO.

Those are the words of the self-made person. Paul David Tripp is fond of writing about our “little kingdom of one.” I have several books by him and he talks a lot about a kingdom of one. In his January 24 devotion from New Morning Mercies he wrote this:

Your little kingdom of one cannot compete with the glory of the kingdom of God, which is yours by grace alone.

A bit later in that same devotion he writes:

God didn’t give us His grace in order to make our little claustrophobic kingdoms of one work, but to invite us to a much, much better kingdom.

I think one of the ways we avoid this “little kingdom of one” approach is to remember that none of “this” belongs to me/us. The Scripture tells us “He (God) owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” None of it is mine…or yours.

Abraham Kuyper, an influential theologian who also served as prime minister of the Netherlands once said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine’!” (Begg-p.32)

All I have belongs to Him. All you have belongs to Him. Let’s stop “owning” it. And let’s stop holding onto it so tightly.

“Father, all I have is Yours. Help me to hold things loosely.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Wonderful reminder, Bill, that all we “have” is on loan from Jesus. We are to use our gifts and our possessions for God’s glory and honor, not for ourselves.

  2. Ryan S. says:

    I like to use the word “steward”
    I am simply here to watch over that which I have been given responsibility for. With that in mind, I shouldn’t squander it away. The other thing to remember is that I cannot take any of it with me. Good reminder this morning.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That is an excellent word Ryan! I wish I had thought of that. 🙂 But you are right: it is a responsibility and we shouldn’t squander it.