If you’ve ever gone to the tool rental store or rented a car, you’ve signed a rental agreement. And all rental agreements are basically the same. They stipulate that you take the thing being rented, use it correctly – according to the operating manual – and then return it safely back to the rental store.
Well, I’ve been thinking… is that how we treat God? Do we go to the spiritual rental store called a church and agree to take God for a spin for the day? We enjoy the music, say hello to people we know and perhaps even like, listen to a message of hope and encouragement, then leave after putting God back on the rental shelf for another week.
We might think that is “operating” with God according to the spiritual operating manual we call the Bible, but it’s not. God’s word is clear. God has expectations that we will commit our entire lives – that means every waking moment – to Him. The word “Lord” means that very thing. He is in total control. Everything we do is to please Him… everything, Monday through Sunday.
This doesn’t sound like we rent God. It sounds more like He is supposed to own us. We are His possession.
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:14
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9
These statements don’t sound temporary to me. It doesn’t sound like a deal with a limited duration.
… “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me“. Luke 9:23
This isn’t a short-term rental agreement, but rather a life-long, daily commitment of ownership.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19–20
Are you just renting God for a short-term spiritual experience once a week or are you living for Christ as a true follower on a day-by-day basis? God’s life-long and complete ownership of our lives comes with a huge long-term blessing that cannot be fulfilled in any “rental agreement.”
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Psalm 68:19
Are you renting or turning over ownership? Are you playing at a relationship with God or is it real for you every day? Are you His completely or just on the weekends?
And [Jesus] said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, and with ALL your should, and with ALL your mind.’ ” Matthew 22:37
Think about it…