Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "We Give Thee But Thine Own"1 (Lyrics)
His nickname was "Double T", but I knew him better by what snuggled in his pocket each Sunday morning: a single dollar bill.
Double T was a kind man, well-known in the community, well-liked in the area, a faithful church attendee, and a regular giver … of one dollar. Had his offering been a "widow's mite", it would have sufficed, but it wasn't. He was a good friend, but I often wondered how he imagined that the church could pay her bills and serve evangelistically if everyone contributed only one dollar.
"What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine" is a common quip spoken in jest when a woman wants to remind her husband that everything really belongs to her. But a more appropriate statement might read, "What's mine is ours, and what's yours is ours."
The psalmist reflects the correct attitude:
Psalm 24:1 – The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (NLT)
God says, "I own the cattle on a thousand hills" (Psalm 50:10 NLT), which implies that everything I have is His, too. What's mine is His because He has given me the talents, physical abilities, and opportunities to amass it, invent it, or produce it. It's mine only on loan. Since God owns all I possess, I don't have the final say so on how I employ it. Well … I do, but I don't. Misuse gives only one dollar when it's not a legitimate mite and ignores service opportunities because I'm just too busy or really don't care. When I recognize that "mine" is really God's, I'll use everything I own in ways that promote His kingdom's growth, provide for my basic needs and those of others, and at the same time, enjoy each breath God gives. How can you better let your actions say, "What's mine is God's?"
Prayer: Merciful God, giver of all that we possess and enjoy, challenge us to use Your gifts to us in ways that effectively and sincerely serve You and others. Amen.