“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1).
In C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, an exchange of satirical letters between a senior demon, Screwtape, and his nephew, Wormwood, a junior demon-in-training, the senior tells the young novice that in leading the “patient” away from the “enemy” (Jesus) to “Our Father Below” (Satan), “the sense of ownership is always to be encouraged.” Obviously, such counsel stands in stark contrast to today’s passage and the teaching of scripture, which emphasizes stewardship—our managing of all things entrusted to us by God. The first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matt.5:3) is the very essence of Kingdom life. Only by declaring spiritual bankruptcy do we find true wealth and security.