In 2009, I bought my first NEW car. That was a huge financial decision and big day for me. I LOVED my new car and within 3 months, someone else dented it.
It was a hit and run by a green sedan, involving four other cars in a domino effect. When I learned that my insurance wouldn’t pay for the damage unless the original culprit was caught, I went on a quest. I actually set aside time each morning and night to search the area for a car that fit the description. I became consumed with solving the crime and bringing the offender to justice. How dare they damage MY car and not take responsibility for it!?
Consumed is a strong word and I used it intentionally. Every time I got in and out of my car, I would look for and focus-in on the damage which always stirred up my sense of injustice. But the fact was-you couldn’t even see the damage! That’s right…you REALLY had to look for it. The paint had cracked and there was a slight dent but it was in such a place and so minimal, nobody else saw it unless I pointed it out. And point it out, I DID!
One morning, I was going out of my way to chase down a suspected green sedan when God intervened. In a small, gentle voice I heard Him ask me, “Why are you so angry that they dented My car?”
“MY” car?! His car?! Surely He would drive a Lexus or Audi and not a Versa?!
I gasped out loud, “Oh my, God! What have I been doing?” If it’s God’s car, God’s apartment, God’s house, God’s money, even this BODY: how differently would I…should I….treat it?! What about our job? Our relationships and friends? Our TIME?
That day, I resigned my search and took time to talk to God about it. You know what He told me? That shiny red new car is HIS car. He’s let me borrow it. And since it’s HIS CAR, He wasn’t worried about that small dent. He’s not seeking to fix it so why should I?
I had two lessons that day: Everything you have isn’t yours-it’s Gods! And second…if it’s God’s, would He approve of how I’m using it?
Matthew 24:45-51 reminds us to who ALL belongs and to what purpose it exists:
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
All belongs to the Creator. He has lent us use for a short time: a short time that exists for a very specific reason: for the love and glory of God. We are all on borrowed time to complete “Company” (Kingdom) business. EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in our lives are “company” property.
How are we treating His things? MOST importantly, how are we treating His people? And how are we using all of our things to TREAT His people?
CEO Jesus has entrusted us each with a measure of “talents” – how will we choose to use them?