February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017

LEVITICUS 24-25

Focus Verse: “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.”

Leviticus 25:23

 

This is a key concept here in this passage about the Year of Jubilee. The Israelites (and any other nation for that matter) can’t own the land because the land wasn’t theirs to sell in the first place. There is so much in our lives that would change if we wrapped our minds around this concept.

The first, this is not your home. You are here on the planet earth, more or less renting this space. You will not be here for eternity, this is just a rest stop until your next destination. We need to start living like that a bit more often.

Second, nothing you have is actually yours. This is a tough concept to grasp. We start struggling with this idea as soon as we learn to form that ugly word “mine” as infants. It’s so easy to worship the gift instead of the Giver when we mistakenly think that we have the ability to own stuff. We hoard it. We try to get as much of it as we can. We are never content. This all changes when we realize that none of it is ours in the first place. It becomes easier to give it all away when it’s not ours to begin with.

So time to ask the question of yourself: whose is it? Does all of your stuff belong to you or to God? And let’s add a Gospel flavor to it: do YOU belong to yourself or to God? The blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross would argue that you don’t even own the rights to yourself.

Are you willing to submit to that?

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