I’m researching the subject of ownership in Scripture. I initially thought of the early church.
- “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” (Acts 2:44-45).
- “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” (Acts 4:32).
This subject might become more important in the days to come. Scripture has a lot to say about ownership.
Start with 3 boundaries for the subject
- “you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19).
- “we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” ( I Timothy 6:7).
- “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;” (Job 1:21).
Mentioning boundaries, consider this instruction –
- “When you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession, you must never steal anyone’s land by moving the boundary markers your ancestors set up to mark their property.” (Deuteronomy 19:14).
So much to say on this subject!
Consider what Acts 5 contributes to the subject of ownership – What was the root cause to the problem?
“Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Then Peter said, ‘Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heartthat you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.’
When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, ‘Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?’ ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘that is the price.’
Peter said to her, ‘How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord?Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.’
At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”
Is ownership an inate reality?
It doesn’t take long for children to become aware of ownership. Where does this come from and what does it tell us about ourselves (start a conversation about this).
Consider (on a somewhat humorous note) –
10 property laws of a toddler
- If I like it, it’s mine.
- If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
- If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
- If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
- If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
- If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
- If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
- If I saw it first, it’s mine.
- If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
- If it’s broken, it’s yours. (by Deb Lawrence)
More thoughts to come on ownership.