Saturday, February 15

A revolutionary idea

Scripture: Leviticus 25, Psalm 25-26, Acts 22

Leviticus 25:23  The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me.

Observation

During the year of Jubilee (every 50th year), property reverted to its original owner.  Someone could buy land, but essentially they were buying it’s crops, the right to farm or graze it for the number of years until the next Jubilee.  In the midst of explaining the Jubilee is this verse, emphasizing that God owns the land, and His people were immigrants, tenant farmers working for Him.

What a revolutionary idea!  Israel, to our knowledge, never fully implemented it.  

What does it look like for us?

Application

As Christians, we believe that everything ultimately belongs to God.  My name is on a deed for my house and property, but I understand that God owns it, and I manage it.  I work it for Him; I use it as He leads.  

This weekend at church we’ll look at Genesis 1-2 where God created the world, and placed us in it to work it and care for it.  We are to work with God in His world (not ours) to care for it, to fill and form and build it.  But always with the understanding that it belongs to Him, not us.  

We are managers, not owners.  This applies to all we have: our property, our money, our time, our very lives.  “You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I wish I could say that I’ve practiced this consistently.  Honestly, I live much of my life as though everything belongs to me.  How would my life look different today if I lived as though God is the owner and I’m His manager?

Prayer: Lord, help me put this more deeply into practice in my life!