Leviticus 24-25, Psalm 38
Pride makes us desire to own or possess things. My house, my car, my family, my retirement account, my job, my education, etc. We have all heard about rags to riches stories where people are referred to as “self-made”. This is all wrong thinking. Corrie Ten Boom said, “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” In James 1:17 we read, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning”.
In Leviticus 25:23 we read, “The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.” God is reminding the people that He is allowing them to live in the land, but the land truly belongs to Him, not them. In Leviticus 25:39-42, we read, “And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave. As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you, and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee…For they are My servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt;”. God informs the people that it all really belongs to Him, not them. This would be a healthy reminder for all of us. It would be freeing to so many of our fears.
Pride and possessions leads to bondage to this world. We struggle in so many areas because we are unwilling to give the reigns of our life over to God. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, we read, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you we’re bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Paul states in Philippians 3:20 that our citizenship is in heaven. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul states that we are ambassadors in Christ. So, all we really have and need is in Jesus, not here on earth. When we die we take nothing with us, not even our earthly tent called our body. The one thing we do bring, our soul, if we are in Christ, belongs to Him, the One who redeemed it for us.
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