“A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.” ( Psalm 24:1)
We earn money and buy things, and we consider those things to be ours. The earth and everything in it were created by God, and as the Creator, He is the rightful owner. He entrusts parts to us for a short time but was wise to see ourselves as managers instead of owners. A consumer mentality values things and people for what they do for us. If they make us feel happy and strong, we like them, but if they don’t make us feel good, we get rid of them. As God-appointed managers, we acknowledge that our money and the skills God gave us to earn money and how can we use the way that pleases God. That way we may change some of our spending habits, and we might devote more of our resources to the things that matter most to God. Of course, people are what matter most to Him. Our families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers belong to God too. He has put us in a relationship with them for a purpose.