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The Owner and the Caretaker

There was a man who owned property in his native town, while he lived in the big city. Because he wasnt able to effectively monitor his property from the city, he appointed a caretaker to look after the property and rent it out to tenants on his behalf. All seemed to be going well until the day the man went to his native town on vacation.

On arriving at his property, he realized that the caretaker had been passing himself off as the owner of the property, and that the tenants believed the caretaker to be the owner of the property. So the man decided to relieve the caretaker of his services, and reclaim the full ownership of his property. However, the caretaker, not wanting to look bad in the eyes of the tenants, went to court to contest ownership of the property; with the tenants as his witnesses. In court, however, the judge promptly ruled in favour of the original and rightful owner of the property; and sentenced the caretaker, for fraud and scheming to steal what did not belong to him.

Having received a favourable judgment, the owner of the property went to collect the rent and renew the tenancy of the occupants; but to his surprise, some of the tenants were unwilling to acknowledge him as the bona-fide owner of the property, and so refused to pay their rents to him. Naturally, the owner of the property threw out those tenants who refused to recognize him as the rightful owner, and got new tenants in their stead.

This story parallels what is happening in the world today. God created the earth, and all that is contained in it. He put man on earth to take care of it. But over the Centuries, man has gotten comfortable with looking out only for himself, and cares little, if at all, for God, the true Owner of the Universe. For example, men have come up with their own forms of governments, which is in direct contradiction to Gods government; and have formed beliefs and cults that do not recognize God as the Creator. Men have attributed the existence of the world to a force or a big bang! It is sad when Caretakers try to wrest ownership of the world away from the rightful Owner, and institute their own ways which lead men to perdition and destruction.

On a personal level, the story is sadly, not any different. For many people who live on Gods earth, behave as if they own it. They act as though they own their lives and can do whatever they like with it. For instance, some women will tell you that their body is theirs, and so they can do whatever they like with iteven if it means engaging in prostitution, abortion, fornication, lesbianism, or even carrying other peoples fetuses in their wombs for a fee and so on! Some people have developed scientific principles that suggest that the whole universe can be explained by mans limited wisdom. These people have developed models or theories for predicting events like hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc. Laudable as this may be for human safety, the one thing they have done wrong is to act as though God does not work in the affairs of men. They believe that they can explain anything and everything that happens to any human being using things like psychiatric analysis, acupuncture, scans, and x-rays, etc. They interpret an obvious demonic attack, as some hormonal imbalance in the brain. And when they cannot explain a cause of death, it is usually attributed to cardiac arrest or heart failure. All these postulations are so that they will not have to submit to Gods rule. Children who do not want to submit to parental authority and discipline do quite the same thing. They live outside of the home, and device a means of self-sufficiency. And because they lack parental counsel and guidance, they go astray, and live empty regretful lives. And even at that, they put up a front like they are doing okay when they are not. Friend, you are not okay in the absence of good parental and godly counsel! You cannot be! Likewise, you cannot be okay, when you are not subject to Gods authority and discipline!

Lawyers who are called upon to defend or are engaged in defending clearly dangerous individuals, rather than advise them to plead guilty to the crimes they have committed, go all out to put up a defence that will absolve them of the crimes. They come up with an insanity defence; blame the individuals parents for the way they were brought up; blame society for the way the individual turned out; but never put the blame where it really belongswith the individual. These lawyers are not interested in righteousness or justice; all they want is to get their client off the hook, so that they can build a reputation for getting criminals off the hook and then get more criminals as clients! What a demented way to live!

Some have even challenged Gods authority over their lives by taking Him to the court of conscience. Unfortunately for man, the court of conscience has always ruled, and will always rule in Gods favour. And unwilling to accept the judgment of our consciences, men have sought to silence it, and go on to do whatever pleases them even where their actions contradict what God and their consciences tell them. The result has been unfulfilled lives, unsatisfied desires, and plans that end up crashing before our eyes!

Perhaps you do not know it, but when God created you, He put in you a desire which can only be truly fulfilled and satisfied when you are under His authority. This is the reason why, no matter how wealthy, powerful, or wise a man may be; without God in his life, he soon realizes how empty, unfulfilled, and unsatisfied his life becomes. Dont be deceived by the high and lofty looks, and the posture of importance that many people project in public; because behind closed doors, they are depressed, nervous wrecks, frightened, troubled, ever weeping, and even suicidal. This is a direct result of refusing to acknowledge God as God. In fact, the bible says that since man refused to acknowledge God as God, and chose instead, to worship men, the sun, moon, stars, and carved images, etc., God gave them up to do things that are outrageous like homosexualism, idol and animal worship, Satanism, corruption, and other dastardly acts.

There are people who are presently on the highway to personal destruction. They are fully aware that what they are doing is harmful to them, but they dont care. They are taking drugs at a rate that will kill them and they dont seem to care. They are sleeping with anybody and everybody knowing that they have already contracted HIV/AIDS, and dont care. They are playing their life away, living a life of illusion, and they dont care. The truth is, these men and women are just not able to confront the condition they find themselves in. Some of them would rather kill themselves! Their slogan is, Let us live and enjoy today, for tomorrow we die and go to hell!

But there is good news for every human being on earth. That good news is that no one needs die and go to hell; because Jesus Christ, Gods Son, has already died for all. In dying for all men, His has become a substitutionary death. What this means is that you dont have to die for your sins any longer because Someone else has already died on your behalf; and after you die and leave this world, you will continue to live in eternity with God because of the death of Jesus Christ. This good news means that you have every reason to live and not be fearful of physical death. What you need to realize is that you are a tenant here on earth, which is owned by God. And then submit to the leadership of God by surrendering your life to Him.

It is unwise to refuse to acknowledge that we are tenants on the earth, and that we owe God the debt of rent, which is the penalty for sin that we have accrued over the years. The payment of the debt of sin is eternal death, but the free gift of God through Jesus Christ leads to everlasting life. Once we acknowledge Gods Ownership over our lives, the debt of sin is instantly cancelled, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Hear what God says: Why do the nations [people who dont know God] rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands in pieces, and cast away their cords from us. He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure. But God advises man and says, Now therefore, be wise O kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son [Jesus Christ], lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Psalm 2:1-12 (NKJV)

The question, dear friend is; Are you willing to acknowledge Gods authority and Ownership over your life, so that you can live forever; or, would you rather want to keep holding on to your life (which really isnt yours), and be condemned to eternal death? The choice is yours; but I advise you to choose God and live!

Let us pray!