Total Stewardship-God Owns It All
One of the fastest growing industries in America today is gambling-and I use that term industry very loosely. Lottery fever is sweeping the land as people try to turn a one dollar investment into a multi-million dollar windfall. Week after week people rationalize that there chance is as good as anybody's, even though one's chance of winning is better than 1 in 55 million. You are as likely to drown in your bathtub as you are to win the lottery.
I stood in opposition to the gambling industry when I was on the gulf coast. What started on a ship ended up on land and the rest is history.
I think about the little boy who was selling puppies. He had three of them and a sign saying they were one million dollars each. A man stopped and told the little boy if he didn't think a million was too much. The little boy told him that all he needed to sell was one. That is what people are saying about the lottery-''All I need is one big win.''
When gamblers are asked what they would do with the money if they won, they all say they would be big givers, to family, friends and institutions.
I'm sure you heard about the two fellows under the oak tree. One says to the other, ''If you had a million dollars would you share it with me.'' He said, ''Sure, you are my best friend, I would give you half of it.'' He then said, ''If you had two hogs, would you give me one of them?'' He said, ''Now you know I have two hogs!''
I want us to look at the fundamental principle of stewardship this morning. Our text God says, ''Who has given to me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.''
What does this mean in specific terminology?
1. GOD OWNES ALL PLACES.
Deuteronomy 10:14 says, ''Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.
Psalm 24:1 says, ''The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.''
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