Ownership, God’s Way

As of late, I’ve been pondering the issue of modern day slavery and what I can do to help the helpless[1]. But as I’ve been prayerfully looking into organizations that I can support and other ways I can make a difference, YHWH (the LORD) has been reminding me of the other side of the coin and what true servitude is according to His purposes and will.

You see, we are all a slave to something. The wretched truth is that the majority of people in bondage aren’t even aware that they are enslaved. While I’ve been researching real physical slavery in the natural, there is an even more sinister taskmaster that enslaves billions, not millions. That taskmaster is sin. And of all the tyrants who ever lived, sin has brutally subjugated more people in every generation than any mere man ever could. There is not a single soul (save Yeshua) that has escaped sin’s relentless grasp.

The Creator of the Universe made mankind for the purpose of service[2]. This is our natural function. We will serve something. The question is WHOM shall we serve[3]? Before the fall, our purpose and function were clear: mankind would serve YHWH and the creation. Since the fall, man has been duped again and again by the enemy’s many crafty disguises for sin. Even human tyrants have a master; they serve their own evil inclinations and sin. They are bound in way that will only be truly revealed on Judgment Day. On that day, they will wish for the atrocities they inflicted upon their earthly victims.

Therefore, the loving, compassionate, and merciful God of our souls asks us to serve Him. He is the only good Master and the only good King. If we are designed to serve, then each of us throughout our entire life are constantly seeking to serve something. So, who will your master be?

All of this culminates in the idea of ownership. To own something is to have it in your possession. Whether your “property” comes to you in the form of a gift, through hard work, or even by evil means, you will go to your grave and leave it behind. Hence, can we really own anything? The Hebraic worldview and language says, “NO”. Only the Master of the Universe can rightly “own” something or someone.

The Hebrew language really drives this point home. In it, ownership and possession are expressed with the idea of “to me”. Instead of saying “I have a book”, a Hebrew literally says, “A book to me”. Hebraically, I can never really own anything. I am only a guardian of the things that come into my care —- they are “to me” for the time being. YHWH is the only rightful owner.

This is true when it comes to people as well. A person that serves us (in any form) should be in our CARE. They are not a piece of property that we do with as we wish. They are not to be abused or mistreated. People in our care are to be treasured. This includes any person that serves us in any way. Like the store cashier, the mechanic that changes your oil and the hands that prepares your food. In reality we are all servants. And we are our “brother’s keeper”.

This also means that all of our worldly possessions, all of our spiritual gifts, all of our talents, and even our children are on loan from YHWH. We are mere stewards. Even our very breath of life belongs to the Creator.

But there is one thing that is ours and ours alone.

The only thing that truly belongs to us is our SIN.

Pause and consider this.

Sin is the only thing that we create on our own. It’s the only thing that we author. Everything else is YHWH’s. Amazingly, He will take our wretchedness upon Himself. He will save us from ourselves. But not forcefully; He is no tyrant. He lets us choose to wallow in our own creation or choose to follow Him. The choice is ours. Serve my sin or serve the King of the Universe.


[1] See my post: Women in Slavery.

[2] This is explored in my posts on The Biblical Role of Women.

[3] And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Jos. 24:15 KJV)

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