May 2, 2013

I’m looking at John 10:7-18 where Jesus is talking about the Good Shepherd and how the ownership of the Shepherd over the sheep causes the Shepherd to go to extremes to care for the sheep.

Ownership creates responsibility, pride, and enthusiasm.

Lack of ownership resists responsibility, pride, and enthusiasm.

If I borrow something I always have in the back of my mind that I can replace it if something happens to it.  I go to extremes to take care of it, but it’s just not the same as caring for my own stuff.

Ownership seems to be the key that separates fear from responsibility.

If we borrow something it is often the fear of losing that something or damaging it that drives us.  When we own something fear vanishes and responsibility takes over.  We alone are responsible for what we own.

In the Spiritual realm that speaks volumes to me.  Jesus expressed God’s ownership of us a long time ago…when we come to realize that ownership God has for us, life takes on a different view…and we begin to take ownership in the plan God has for our life.  It’s not that the plan becomes ours not God’s…its that we begin to join God’s plan realizing what God has entrusted with us.  God has entrusted his Kingdom with us, not only are we a part of that Kingdom but we are given the responsibility to improve it, to help it become what God envisions…we don’t do so well at that if we don’t feel the ownership…

Something to ponder…

Jim

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