Think of a time when you borrowed something from someone else. Maybe it was a power tool, a vehicle to move or even money. Did you use those items differently than if they were your own? Were you more careful not to damage the tool, or returned the vehicle washed and with a full tank, or did you pay back the money with interest, or a sincere thank you, after you of course used it for its borrowed purpose, instead of using it for something else?
Why do we handle things that are not our own so much better than our own possessions? Is it the accountability of knowing we have to give them back? Is it because we would have to explain our carelessness or deceit if we did not use the item properly? Or is it because the item is not our own to be mistreated? I think it could very well be all of these reasons and more.
Now think about how much longer some of our things would last if we treated them the same way. As if they were not our own, as if we had to give an account for how they were used, either how effectively or how wasteful we were with them.
As Christians are we not called to do so already?
“For everything comes from him [God] and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. (Romans 11:36 NLT)”
If your mindset with all you have is “intended for his glory”, how would that change your habits or purchases? The average cost of a wedding ring in 2012 was over $26,000, Is God more glorified by the greater cost of a ring?
By running our purchases and choices surrounding our possessions, time and money through the test of “Is this intended for his glory?” we may find ourselves rethinking and modifying our decisions.
Why do you want to skydive? Is sky diving glorifying God? It could be. If it were to raise funds or share the gospel skydiving could very well glorify God. If it is to say you did it, to bring up at the next cocktail party, your stewardship may be called into question. Nothing is inherently good or bad, but how it is used that determines if we are being faithful stewards or making decisions based on pride. Money is not the root of all evil, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
Notice this stands to mean it is your intentions that determine whether your act or purchase glorifies God. Your intentions are strongly linked to your mindset towards them, and having the outlook that all you have is God’s and is to be used for his glory will drastically effect not only how something is used, but if something is even worth doing or having. Why am I buying a new car, a large house, or expensive ring? Again, all of these purchases could very well glorify God, but with heavy cultural influence, we make many decisions based off of how others will perceive us because of them, not how culture will perceive God.
Let’s help others perceive God the way he intended. Let our actions and purchases be made with the forethought that its intended use at the end of the day is to glorify God.