It’s Mine! No! It’s Mine! I don’t know about you, but when I was a child there were a lot of things I would claim were mine. It didn’t matter why I thought it was mine – I would continue to state my case. There are a plethora of reasons as to why we think ‘stuff’ is ours: I saw it first. I was using it first. I picked it up. You stopped using it. Your turn is over. Because it’s mine! And the list goes on. Even from a very young age, we can be really possessive. And it doesn’t stop there – later on in life we tend to act more civil around other people, but we still want to claim ownership of ‘our stuff’. Is that justified?
Not at all.
Here is what Psalm 24:1-2 says:
1 The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
So when we look to the Bible, it is extremely clear that, the earth, everything inside it, the world and all the people, belong to the Lord. And we are even told why. The Lord founded it upon the seas and established it upon the floods. If we think back to creation in Genesis, this makes a lot of sense. God made the heavens and the earth.
On the third day: ‘God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.’ (Genesis 1:9)
After this, we have a detailed account of how God made everything else in the world, including plants, animals and humans.
That is exactly what is being described in Psalm 24:2.
God made the world and the Psalmist’s (fancy way of saying the author of the Psalm’s) declaration makes perfect sense! The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof!
Of course everything belongs to God. He made it ex nihilo (Latin for ‘out of nothing’). If I make a paper plane, is it mine? No! It’s still part of God’s world – He made everything that is created. He made us!
And there’s even more to it! Talking about Jesus in Colossians 1:16, Paul and Timothy say:
‘For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him’.
All things were created through and for Jesus. The stars, the trees, your guinea pig, you, me, everything and everyone. I want to encourage you today not to think about what belongs to you, but rather whom you belong to. Our world tells us get stuff and it will make you happy; the Bible tells us we were made through and for Jesus! We belong to Jesus! Ultimately, everything belongs to God and since we were created through and for Jesus, the only good response is to repent (turn from sin) and believe in Him and glorify Him with our lives. Come and place your trust in the Almighty Creator, who made you and whom you belong to. Don’t get caught up in focussing on what is yours, but be filled with awe at how awesome God is, who made everything ever, through and for the Lord Jesus.