Making Yours Your Own
How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?
The Promised Land was theirs but they had not possessed their possessions. It is not what we have but what we know we have that determines our actual wealth. Many a poor man has had an oil well on his farm and didn’t know it. If he found that he did have such a treasure he would lose no time tapping his resources. He would not merely brag, “There is oil on my place.” Such boasts would not pay bills. He must possess his possessions.
Yet Christians know what they have, but often get no farther than merely boasting of what is potentially but not experientially theirs. Jesus said, “I will give you rest,” but He added, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, and ye shall find rest.” God gives us oil wells but He does not pump the oil for us. All things are ours in Christ, but we must make what is ours factually our very own actually.
Appreciating what is yours never makes you rich, but appropriating it will. “The Lord is rich unto all that call upon him.”