King Over All the Earth


 

Zechariah 14:1-9

 

And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one,” Zechariah 14:9.

 

I love hunting. It is not so much that I take pleasure in harvesting animals, but I love spending time outdoors, enjoying God’s creation and enjoying the company of family and friends. One of the problems I run into, however, is that I own no hunting property, so I am relegated to spending time on someone else’s land. When I hunt, I hunt on land that belongs to a friend, a family member, a logging company or the federal government, and that is fine as long as I abide by the owner’s rules. I have to constantly remind myself that I do not own the property and that I must follow the guidelines of the owner or risk being kicked off and never invited back. You see, whoever owns the property gets to decide how it is used and who gets to enjoy it.

 

The owner of all land and everything in it, though, is not a mere human being. Your name might be on the deed to your home or car, but the real owner is God. Everything you have was given to you on loan from God to manage. You own nothing that will be yours forever. With that in mind, according to today’s text, you should be reminded that there is coming a day when Christ will return and will reclaim all that is rightfully His. If you know that what you manage is not your own, should that not change the way you use it? Should you not consult the owner of all things and make sure you are using His property in ways that are approved by Him? When Jesus returns He will find many people who have mismanaged His property and He will dole out the expected judgment. I wonder what Jesus will think about how I have managed everything He has given to me?

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you treat your possessions as God’s property today?

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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