There are plenty of things in life we make decisions on as to whether we will buy or rent.
When we move, are we going to buy a house right away or rent awhile to get the lay of the land?
Should my business go ahead and acquire an asset and buy or just lease so I can turn it in after a year?
Will I use a chain saw enough to own one or should I just rent when I need it?
Do I want to pay $1.99 to pay-per-view that movie or go ahead and buy it for $5 on Amazon?
The real decision is pay short-term to use and hand in or actually take possession.
But what about truth? Buy or rent? Purchase or lease?
The reality is we make decisions all the time as to whether to buy truth or just rent it for awhile.
When we’re young, we’ll rent our parents’ or church’s truth until we go off to college or turn 21. Then when the perceived newer models and better options show up, just turn it in and rent someone else’s for a while. After all, there’s plenty of life down the road to decide what to purchase, right?
But a lot of grown men today give the perception that they own certain truths in certain situations, but in reality, they are just renting for convenience.
If I really own this truth, I can’t make that deal I need to make.
If I really own this truth, I’d have to just settle for my wife.
If I really own this truth, I’d have to take a stand with my buddies. The church is one thing, but those guys? No can do.
If I really own this truth, I might need to change and I just don’t know if I have the energy for that.
Here’s the reality, whether we like it or not … God’s truth can never be rented or leased, it has to be owned, it can only be owned. Anything else is a shell game that Satan is playing with us.
Over 75 times in the Gospels, Jesus started a sentence with, “I tell you the truth…”
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. —Matthew 13:44
Notice he didn’t lease it …