The Father’s Ranch
My father has a small cattle ranch in Central Texas and over the years has developed a nice herd. It’s a neat experience to watch them on the side of the hill as they do what cows do, which is mostly just eat grass and take it easy. It is really fun when the calves start running around chasing each other like puppies. We enjoy getting out in the pasture with them and feeding them hay or vitamin snacks.

My father lets us visit any time we want.  We can help with the cows and other ranch chores or just simply enjoy the outdoors. We feel at home, just as if we owned it ourselves.  But ultimately, this is his herd. He owns everything on the ranch…even though   we sure enjoy it.

Our heavenly Father also owns a few cows. He says:
Psalm 50:10-12, “For every animal of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are Mine … for the world is Mine, and all that is in it.”
King David in the Old Testament lead his people to give, and they gave generously knowing that whatever they had really was God’s to begin with. This was his prayer:
1 Chronicles 29:14,16, “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand. LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building You a temple for Your Holy Name comes from Your hand, and all of it belongs to You.”
God is the owner of everything. So, whatever resources that we ‘have’, we are really only enjoying by His grace. Do we have any cattle? They are really His. Do we have any money? It is really His. A home, a job, a car? It’s really His; we just get the privilege of using it for awhile and using it for His glory.
So, when we give, we are just simply letting go of what already belongs to Him.

Think about, it and have a blessed day.

Scott Sanford
EXECUTIVE PASTOR (STEWARDSHIP AND OPERATIONS)

office: 972.359.7777 x2021