The Renewanation Review Volume 6, Issue 2 - Page 42

L ries A Three Part Se g Directions Gettin om the Owner fr gh Part 1: Throu nk By E. G. “Jay” Li 42 His Word IFE STEWARDSHIP IS GROUNDED in the foundational truth that God is the Owner of all things. This truth has far-reaching impact into every area of our lives.   God owns our homes, our cars, our bank accounts, our investments, our children, our spouses, our bodies, our time, our abilities — just to name a few of the areas. And because of this “God owns it all” reality, our understanding of our relationship to what we possess is radically changed from thinking of ourselves as the owners of all we possess to understanding that we are to be trusted stewards or managers of someone else’s property.   Out of this “we are only the managers and not the owners” mindset emerges a life-changing question that we cannot help but ask. And it demands that we ask it on a daily basis. This life-transforming question is, “Lord, what do you want me to do with all that you have entrusted to me?”   It is no longer “How do I want to spend my day?” It is now, “God, how do you want me to spend Your day?”   It is no longer, “How do I want to spend my money?” It is now, “God, how do you want me to spend Your money?”   It is no longer, “How much of my money do I want to give to the Lord?” It is now, “God, how much of Your money should I be spending on myself?”   It is no longer, “How do I want to care for and feed my body?” It is now, “God, how do You want me to care for and feed Your body?”   It is no longer, “What kind of house and car do I want to have?” It is now, “God, what kind of house and car do You want me to have?”   See how this ownership issue impacts every single area of our lives?   For those of us who are now asking this profound question, there is also a second question that logically emerges as we seek to answer this first question. And this second question is what I want to answer for you. The question is this, “Exactly how do we get directions from the Owner regarding what He wants us to do with all that He has entrusted to us?” “Okay, I’m convinced,” you say, “I want to follow His directions on how to manage His property. So, how do I get my directions from Him?”   There are three different ways in which God can and does personally deliver His Owner directions to us. In this three-part series, I will begin with the most obvious and objective way He directs us and end with the most subtle and subjective way He communic