Just Renting — Unclicheing Life In Stewardship

(Originally posted November 23, 2010 at 8:27am on my Facebook page)

If there’s one thing that being a homeowner has taught me, it’s that sometimes I miss the security I felt from renting. You know what I mean — that freedom to not have to worry about the AC when it goes out, or the plumbing when it bursts under the house, or the roots when they grow through the sewer line.

I mean, imagine if you were stuck in a home that was just completely falling apart. The floor boards are popping up all over the place. The cabinets are falling down. The plumbing is sluggish and rusty. The doors are falling off the hinges. When you take it all in, there’s no way around the fact that the house ought to be condemned! But as bad as it is, you know you’d never be able to sell, and you have nowhere to go if the bank were to foreclose. So you’re stuck living in a house that is falling down around your ears.

How hopeless would that situation feel? How depressing would that be? Make ya wanna curl up in a fetal position in the corner of the room. Sadly enough, it’s actually a very common story in America today, with thousands upon thousands of families feeling the pinch of owning a home they cannot afford to keep up.

So that’s your situation. One day, a rich landowner drives by and notices your house. Sure, it’s all ramshackle and run down, but there’s just something about the house that he finds appealing. So he comes inside and talks to you. He offers to buy the house from you, to fix it up, to let you live there almost rent free, and even to set up private security to patrol the neighborhood. If you ever have a problem with the house, he’ll personally come by and take care of it, day or night. He’ll even sign a contract stating all these things, legally binding him and his estate to this outrageous offer for as long as you live! His only requirement is that you take care of his property, to keep it clean and presentable.

You’d be a fool not to take him up on it, right? You’d be an even GREATER fool to not uphold your end of the bargain!

These were my thoughts when our Life Connection Group (Sunday School class) studied this passage in scripture this past Sunday…

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

It’s appalling to me just how lax the church today has become, how compromising today’s Christian is. And yes, I’m talking about myself too. Christ paid such an awesome and terrible price for our salvation, for the blessings we enjoy on a day-to-day basis, and yet we abuse that gift. It’s like we’re that man, living in the house virtually rent free for the rest of our lives, but we show our “appreciation” by letting the grass grow long, refusing to sweep and mop and vacuum, spray-painting graffiti on the walls, and virtually trying to undo everything that the benevolent landowner has come in and done for us.

At some point, we each have to remember that we ARE bought with a price, that our lives are NOT our own—not just our physical bodies, but the very essence of WHO WE ARE. Christ didn’t sacrifice Himself to save our bodies from Hell, but to save US from Hell!

If we truly are in Christ, we no longer own this home. We’re just renting. And as renters, we have an obligation to live the life of a steward, to take care of those things that have been entrusted to us, not for Christ’s benefit (He can take care of His stuff a whole lot better than we can!) but for our own.

Colossians 2:6-7 — As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

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