Attitude of Ownership

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Steuart Payne

4th February 2020

I’ve noticed something about people who are thriving in the House of God. It’s something that is common to every brother or sister in our church family who is really flourishing in this holy household. What I’ve noticed is that they have an attitude of ownership.

They love and care for the House of God as if it’s their own. They aren’t just visiting and they aren’t just renting a room; they have taken ownership of the House and have a real sense of responsibility for the upkeep and reputation of the House. Figuratively speaking, they are the first to repair a broken window, to paint over a mark on the wall, or to clean up a spillage on the carpet. They want every family member to take the same level of responsibility for the House and they make it their mission to teach their brothers and sisters to love the House and share the values of their Father.

Because they have taken ownership of the House they desire for their holy family to be strong together and to dwell in unity. They do all that they can to ensure the House is filled with peace and joy. They are quick to forgive and be reconciled to their brothers and sisters; they never listen to gossip; they always look for the good in others and always rejoice when members of their family are successful; they are filled with love and compassion for family members who are struggling and seek to help brothers or sisters who are in need; and they are always positive about the House and about what the Father is doing through His children.

They prosper because God has promised that those who are planted in the House of the Lord shall flourish!

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Psalms 92:13 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.92.13.NKJV

A plant can be put in the absolute best soil, but unless the it puts down its roots it will never grow as it should. So how do we ‘put down our roots’ in the soil that the Lord has led us to? We take ownership. We say, “I know that God has planted me here so I am going to put my roots down deep!” And guess what? They begin to flourish and bloom as God intended for them. When drought comes their deep roots enable them to remain strong. When storms come they are immovable. When others are uprooted or choose to look for “greener pastures” they remain firmly rooted and grounded, knowing that God placed them there. They are the planting of the Lord. They even welcome the Father’s pruning because it always results in more fruit being produced!

So if you want to thrive in God’s House then make sure you take ownership! If you want to flourish in God’s Kingdom make sure you put your roots down deep. No one can do this for you and it’s no one else’s responsibility! If you ever feel ‘disconnected’ then spend more time in the House of the Lord with your holy family. It’s not everyone else’sresponsibility to come to you – it’s your responsibility to get yourself into the House of the Lord, the place where God’s people are; the place where God is moving; and the place where the river is flowing from.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord .”
Psalms 122:1 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.122.1.NKJV

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalms 84:10 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.84.10.NKJV