All that has found its way into our possession is transitory. It came from somewhere and will go somewhere else. While we have it, we do not own it (in an eternal sense). We are only borrowing. And as we are in this season of borrowing, it is our responsibility to figure out how to steward what we have.

We often think we can stockpile our gifts and be even more safe, comfortable, or in control. Our cupboards are altars. Our bank accounts are idols. We are putting our trust in them rather than using them to serve the God we trust.

The mountaintops and material possessions are wonderful gifts. They are opportunities, resources for the Kingdom. They are not trophies to trumpet self-worth or collector’s items to hoard. They are tools to be used.

And this is not just true for the uber-wealthy. All of us have gifts. All of us have resources and abilities. Being responsible with what we have is a question every person has to answer, a reality we all must face.

“The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, righteousness and honor.”
– Proverbs 20:20-21