Monday, October 24, 2011
The Origins of Ownership
As our country spirals out of control, with the masses rising up to get "their fair share", I thought we might want to ground ourselves in the truth.....
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
About the third hour, he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went.
He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?'
'Because no one has hired us,' they answer.
"He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.'
'When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.'
'The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. These men who were last worked only one,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'
'But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
'So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Matthew 20:1-16 NIV
Please understand that I realize Jesus was talking about salvation and the kingdom of heaven, but it is really hard to miss the concept of ownership. Ownership, by definition, gives the owner the right to do with his property as he will.
Generations of people have been deceived into believing that ownership is evil and that owners must be forced to meet the demands of the masses. The reality is that God himself is the author of ownership. Ownership is not evil, men's hearts are evil. Ownership encourages stewardship. When you own something, you have a desire to see it improve and prosper. When you own something, you make the rules regarding your possessions. That is your right.
Each of us owns something, be it a multi-million dollar corporation or our own soul. The rights of ownership indicate that we alone are responsible for the condition of our property. Don't allow the masses to influence your ownership. If you own a multi-million dollar business set your course and hold firm. If all you own is your soul, diligently prepare it for eternity. Your life depends on it.