“Of course I’ll go to college, because my family is rich. We have money, and own two yachts.”
Those words were not released from my mouth. And, thus far the closest I have come to being close to two yachts was when I was in Ft. Lauderdale, and walked by several that were docked. Instead, those words were spoken with full conviction, and confidence, from a young woman.
Her tone and body language shouted, not only do we own them, but I have been on them, sailed on them, and instructed the staff on board.
It is not the fact that she said the words, or that her family has money and owns two yachts. What convicted me was her use of the word “we.” This young woman who does not draw a paycheck, and is not even old enough to drive, uttered “(We) have money, and own two yachts.” In the beginning of her statement she began with “my family” then ended with including herself by saying “we.”
She had not yet determined what she wanted to be when she grew up, yet she was fully aware she was going to college. She had no worries about which one, or the cost of an ivy league degree.
I must admit having just returned from a one-day trip to Ft. Lauderdale and seeing some yachts my mind wondered which one would equate to her family’s yacht. They were all stunning, sparkling, and large – very large.
As my conversation continued with this young woman I could hear the Holy Spirit whispering “your Father is rich. Your Father owns all of creation, not just two yachts.” (Ps. 50:7-12) When our conversation ended I was convicted to the fact that perhaps, I do not speak with such confidence about my inheritance as this young woman did about hers.
“You don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true – it is not a lie.” 1 Jn. 2:27 NLT
The world screams at us constantly at 360 degrees to measure our success by wealth, what we own, who we hang out with, and how smart we are. When we don’t have the careers, bank accounts, cars, or zip codes that some think we should have we are deemed less-than. Yet, like the young woman we (me included) who are Christians should not measure our success by tangible things. There is nothing wrong with having nice things. It is when they take 1st place in our lives.
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from the world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.” 1 Jn. 2:16-17a NLT
As Christians we are:
Children of God – “He calls us his children, and that is what we are!” 1 Jn. 3:1
Grafted into His family – “But you must not brag about being grafted in” Ro. 4:18
Heirs/Heiresses – “Because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God.” Eph. 1:11
Like Abraham are we “fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises?”(Ro. 4:21) Just as the young woman knew she was going to college – debt free, she had full access to the yachts and all the other amenities her family awarded her, she was fully convinced.
What does my Heavenly Father own? He owns:
- All the animals of the forest, and the cattle on a thousand hills. Ps. 50:10
- All the birds in the mountains, and animals of the field. Ps. 50:11
- All the world and everything in it. Ps. 50:12
That last bullet point pretty much sums it up. Our Father, my Father, owns it ALL – including two yachts.
God taught me a lesson today from that young woman. When I speak I should speak with confidence on who my Father is, the inheritance that is rightfully mine, and the access I have to it.
Every day may we be reminded of who our Father is, what He owns, and that we (you and me) are included.
My Father is rich, because He owns everything.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015
*picture by lifegivingwaterdevo