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Wednesday, August 8th, '18

All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson

 

FROM OWING TO OWNING

"If you have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?" (Luke 16:12)

 

What does Jesus mean by that which is "your own"? I've written many times before that ownership is His, stewardship is ours. The Lord's Prayer closes with the doxology, "Thine is the kingdom, and power, and..." If I have anything it is a gift of grace. "And of his fullness have we all received..." (John 1:16) In that respect we have nothing independently, for all is His. Nevertheless, made in His likeness, we are given dominion and freedom and among the greatest of freedoms is the freedom to own. God is an owner. He pays no rents and is subsidized by no other. How can we speak of divine authority when each month the credit card boss yanks on our chain as though it were a dog chain? Something within longs for owning, not owing.

 

Paul taught, "Let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband" (1 Corinthians 7:2). A house of your own, a spouse of your own. "Thine own friend...forsake not" (Proverbs 27:10). Don't just tag along with the group. Build your own friendships, "Drink water out of thine own cistern..." (Proverbs 5:15) I'm not talking about accumulation, or that the guy with the most toys wins, but of the satisfaction of having assets and being an asset. The man in the parable who paid those hired in the eleventh hour the same as those hired at daybreak chuckled, "Can I not do what I want with my own?" (Matthew 20:15) His pay scale may not have been fair but it was fun! When you own the hotel you can hang pictures anywhere you want.

 

Paul said, "Let every man be persuaded in his own mind" (Romans 14:5). Sure there are biblical absolutes, but we still have the autonomy to obey the dictates of our own conscience. The Berlin Wall couldn't survive forever because the human spirit cannot breathe well behind barbed wire. The old Mosaic Law decayed and waxed old (Hebrews 8:13) because it gripped men by the throat and demanded, "Pay me that thou owest!" Moses fetched water from a rock but that didn't mean he could get blood from a turnip. The spirit's wings won't stretch under such rigor. I'm not saying that we are no longer without regulation but we do have personal priesthood - "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12).

 

I have a house deed. The titles to my vehicles are in the file cabinet. We have enough other odds and ends to hold yard sales all summer. God is helping us to move from owing to owning. Remember the "borrower is servant to the lender" (Proverbs 22:7). Most translations say "slave". So week by week move that mountain, chip away at the debt and aim for total liberty. But also remember that the greatest treasures are spiritual and the "true riches" He was speaking of in that chapter in Luke had most to do with the soul. Solomon penned that "he that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls" (Proverbs 25:27). Notice, "his own spirit". Jesus added that a man can "lose his own soul" (Mark 8:36). The deed needing bank-vaulted more than any other is that of the heart. The ancient motto said, "To thine own self be true". If you don't own up to yourself another will move in and take ownership. It always works that way. The early Revolutionaries won freedom because they made this country their own. I wonder if you have any idea the abundance that God has waiting for you. May this be the year when you "come into your own".  May you find your own ministry, own your own home, and your own set of convictions. I tire of borrowing. Ah, the peace of having my own.


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