“The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it.” – Genesis 2:15 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
In the above verse, we read that God appointed Adam to be the caretaker of the Garden of Eden. He did not make Adam the owner of anything in the garden. God instructed Adam to take care of it and to look after it. God owns everything. Just as God appointed Adam as a caretaker, He also has appointed us as caretakers of whatever resources we are calling “mine”. How quickly we lay claim to the money and material possessions that come our way.
When we speak about what God has entrusted to us, we say my or mine. It’s my money, my car, my house, my children, my spouse, etc. However, we need to really stop and think about ownership. Do we really own any of it? The answer is, “No.” We do not own anything in this world it all belongs to God. Remember that the day we are called home, everything that we have in this earthly realm is left behind. We take nothing with us, not even the clothes on our bodies.
As you go through today and here on out, reflect on the above verse. Remember that we are just Caretakers, as was Adam. Once that is in your heart, you won’t cling so tightly to the things that God has entrusted to you. You’ll be able to freely give of your time, your talents, and your money because it’s not yours. You’ll look after it because that is what God wants.