Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.09.11
September 11 – September 17
Scripture Passage: “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.”   Dt. 10:14
“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.”    Psalms 50:10-12
Dear Friends,
     What do you and I own that does not belong to God? Do we actually own anything, or is it simply on loan to us from God? So many people assess their worth by the amount of material goods they possess. It is not only the amount, but the name and quantity of those possessions. For example, pick-up trucks seem to be the latest craze in our society. There was a time when the only people with trucks were business owners, and farmers. They were built to haul and transport goods. Today the heaviest thing they haul is a loaf of bread. The only thing they tow is the camper to the campground or the boat to the lake. So a man, or a woman, goes to the dealer to buy a truck. They want a powerful engine, four-wheel drive, six person seating capacity, over-sized custom made rims and tires, and the latest in technological gadgets. All of this comes to a small fortune and is as much as Patty and I paid for our first house. All of this to haul a loaf of bread and less than a dozen trips to the lake and campground combined. Or a person does none of these things and still buys a truck. I do not know why, but we live in America, and can do whatever we want. So they go to the dealership and buy a Lincoln or Cadillac. Are you kidding me? Lincoln and Cadillac make a pick-up truck? Why”   What is the purpose? They are pretty and stylish, but I am not going to buy one to throw fence post in. We no longer buy things for a purpose, we buy for prestige simply because we can. Six years later, it becomes “mine.” 
          The second question is: do we possess things or do they possess us? While we make payments on these possessions, do we have the ability to give abundantly or are we locked in a financial box that limits our generosity? That is the difference in God owning everything rather than us. If we realize God owns everything, and we are only stewards of his riches, we tend to live with an open heart instead of a closed hand. Let me tell you a little story. Twenty-eight years ago I decided to buy a John Deere tractor. The economy was terrible and interest rates were high. I could not be assuaged so I bought it anyway. It took me six years to pay for and at the end there was a “balloon” payment due according to the fine print. I had two small children at the time worked three jobs. I honored my debt and paid it off, but it limited what we were able to do during those years. I still have the tractor, and it has been a good one, but it is a constant reminder not to get caught up in foolish wants. He owns it all anyway.
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny