Transfer Ownership of Your Possessions to God
The very first thing a Christian should understand in relation to money and possessions is to turn it over to God’s hands. Dr. E. Stanley Jones, one of my spiritual mentors, used to say, “A road that perhaps more than any other leads to self-atrophy is undedicated money.” So if you haven’t done so, then consider transferring your possessions and money over to Him today. When you let go of your possessions and let God have them, then life takes on a sense of stewardship. It really does.
Perhaps a question we ought to ask ourselves before going any further is this: “Who owns my possessions, God or I?” Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are only in possession of our possessions for a brief period.
If in reality we don’t own our possessions, then the obvious thing is to acknowledge this in a prayer to God. Have the sense to say to God, “I am not the owner, I am the ower.” A businessman said, “I’ve prospered in my business now my task is to know how much I can keep for my own use.” That’s the right order. How much can I keep for myself? For everything I needlessly spend on myself is taken from some other person’s need.
Since we belong to God then all we have belongs to God. Unless we are willing to accept this then there is little point in reading on. We must see ourselves stewards not proprietors, not only of our treasure but also of our time and my talents.
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,” said the Psalmist. If you have been acting as though you are the owner, then abdicate from the throne of your heart and let God be God. The relationship is then pegged down. That is the starting point which once accepted means we can work forward.
Holding our possessions at God’s disposal does something more than settling a money issue. It settles a life attitude. You are then a person under orders, a person with a sense of mission, a sense of direction and a life goal. You realize you are handling something on behalf of Another, the “Another” being God. That does something to the whole of life – puts sacredness into the secular, lifts the sordid into the sacred. Money becomes a message.
If money is unsurrendered to God, it soon masters us. When we hold it as a trust, it blesses us. Our Christianity functions in and through the material. If we are faithful with material power, then God will entrust us with spiritual power.
Another thing our Lord said about money is this:
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (Matthew 6:24)
The fact that Money has a capital letter in the text is informative. In the original Greek New Testament, the word was Mammon with a capital “M.” It suggests the fact that for some people Money with a capital “M” is on the same level as God. While money with a small “m” is neutral, money with a capital “M” is not.
As Greg Lafferty reminded us earlier, “Money, like everything that has mass, exerts a gravitational pull.” You can very easily get drawn into its orbit, and it becomes the center of things for you and bends your will toward it making it your slave. Remember this – you can’t serve God and Money, but you can serve God with money.
The action of Abraham in Scripture provides an excellent example of how to transfer ownership of our possessions to God. He placed his son on the altar and was willing to part with him if that was what God wanted (Genesis 22). If you have never done so, then picture yourself kneeling before God’s altar, as did Abraham. Offer up to him all your possessions in a moment of prayer. Be prepared to die emotionally to money. Tell God that from now on there will not be two masters in your life – just one.
Transferring ownership to God means that every decision as to how your money will be earned or used will be based on Scriptural principles remembering that one day we will have to give an account to God how we managed the funds that God entrusted to us. So tell Him that from today on you are no longer a proprietor but a steward.