Not a Penny to My Name

Think back to your childhood for a moment. Do you remember how much you had to rely on your parents or guardians? Food, clothing, shelter, etc. – it all came from someone but not from us when we were children. Most of us were fortunate to have families who provided for us.

I did not think about it much then, but really, I had “not a penny to my name.” Everything I had was from my parents and others who provided for me. Okay, maybe I had some toys and other stuff in my room that I considered “mine,” but even those things were given to me. I did not earn them. I did not work for them. I did not purchase them. Really, you could argue that they, too, truly belonged to my parents.

Regardless of the technicalities of ownership, I greatly depended on my parents to meet my needs. No way I could make it on my own.

Do you remember when you felt like you did not have a penny to your name? Maybe you still feel that way. Maybe you are that way (or close to it).

Really, though, I would argue that we are all that way, regardless of how much we have (or think we have). If what I shared last week is true – that “God Is the Owner of Everything” (1 Chronicles 29:10-22), then the obvious application for us is that we really do not own anything. Lord willing, I hope to communicate that clearly on Sunday as I preach from Genesis 1:26-28 and 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 on why we were created and who we are to be.

God owns everything, and we own nothing. Thus, our priorities and stewardship principles should reflect that truth. We ought not worship nor worry about stuff. We need to be wise with what we “have,” what we spend, how we give, and what we prioritize. All this stuff is not ours, after all.

One day, Christ Jesus will return, and we will give an account for how we managed our time, money, resources, talents, etc. – His time, money, resources, talents, etc. Are you ready for that day? It could be any day, and He expects us to be ready. He calls us to be faithful, as He illustrated so clearly and powerfully in Matthew 25:14-30. Will you hear the words, “Well done!”?

What changes need to take place in your life to honor God with all that you manage? Do you know Him, and do you, as a result, desire to please Him?

I have not a penny to my name, and neither do you. In and through a relationship with Jesus, though, you can one day have more riches (that do not perish) than you could ever fathom. Thus, do not settle for temporary pleasures and pursuits, but find your hope and satisfaction in the One who owns it all forever. Then, you can and will rejoice that you have not a penny to your name. Praise the Lord!

While you and I have not a penny to our names physically, we can have and experience so much more spiritually by believing and trusting the gospel.

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