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CARETAKERS, NOT OWNERS
By: V. Grounds
“But who am I, and who are my
people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?Everything comes
from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” – 1 Chron.
John Hauberg and his wife live in a stunning home in Seattle. It is
built mostly of glass inside and out. Hundreds of glass artifacts decorate the
light-flooded rooms, and even the sinks, shelves, and mantelpieces are made of
You might think that the Haubergs would be in constant fear that
something would break. On the contrary, they invite visitors to roam freely
throughout their entire home. John is also a connoisseur of Native American
crafts, but he has donated his entire collection to the Seattle Art Museum. His
motive is not to hoard but to share. “I’m not an owner,” he says. “I am a
John Hauberg’s comment expresses in a simple sentence a basic biblical
principle that applies to all our possessions: We aren’t owners; we are
caretakers. Legally, of course, we own our possessions. But as Christians, we
gladly acknowledge with David that “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its
fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1).
By right of creation, God holds the title deed to all that exists,
including us and whatever we possess. Temporarily He allows us to use the
resources of His world. But in the end it all reverts to Him. Are we being wise
and generous caretakers of God’s property?
Naught that I have my own I call,
I hold it for the Giver;
My heart, my strength, my life, my all
Are His, and His forever. —Small
only things we really lose are those things we try to keep.
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…