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10 March 2010

Are you an owner or a renter?

A couple of days ago, church leadership guy, or as he calls himself "Dream Releaser"... Dr. Samuel Chand asked this question:

Great question.

My wife and I rented for a long time... and it was right for us for a long time because of various life scenarios. But last fall those scenarios changed and thankfully my "cold sweat" nightmares of living in a van down by the river with 3 kids did not happen. God (as he has a habit of doing) provided perfectly and we bought the house we had been renting. So we've lived in the same home as a renter AND an owner. Undoubtedly, there is a different mindset that comes as an owner. Here's how some of @samchand's twitter peeps responded to his question.

  • - Look in the staff kitchen! People who leave coffee cups for others to wash are renters!
  • -Renters let owners solve problems with the House. No initiative.
  • - Renters place less value on their occupancy, fully aware of a lack of permanence.
  • - Renter's treat their surroundings as replaceable. Owner's treat them as valuable
  • - Renters are seldom invested in long term vision. They look for immediate return on all of their labors.
  • - A "renter" let's others make important decisions for them!

Great thoughts. When we first bought our h
ouse, my predominant thought was "The next time something goes wrong with this place... I'm on the hook for it. Great". That's not something that I completely relish frankly. I actually LIKE responsibility... but the "hows" and "how MUCH'S" are the hard part! It would be easier to call the landlord and let him deal with it. But as in everything in life... our calling is to grow up, stand up and be counted. Owners work, pay, plan and invest, so therefore, there is weight behind their words and actions. Owners get a say because they've committed and are responsible.

When you're planted... you flourish. Psalm 92:12-13 says, "
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God."

Churches typically have "renter issues". However... It's not just a new cultural issue. When Jesus was training up his group of "owners" (people committed to spreadin
g his Message and establishing His Kingdom in their land) He reminded them in Luke 10 that, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Praying for "owners" is something that church leaders spend A LOT of time praying for.

Being a renter can be OK for a season. It's certainly better than being homeless. But the pitfalls of renting with your life is that you never let your roots grow. Practically... people won't commit to you until they know where you're committed to. Why would they?

Also, God says in Psalm 104:16 that "The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted." In the Bible... water is often equated to the Spirit of God. There is spiritual weight and abundant sustenance that comes with digging in. Buying the vision. Working the field. Serving, giving, and growing together for the long haul.

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