I was speaking to someone not too long ago about the difference between a renter and an owner. A renter is not invested in the property the same way the owner is. As renters we would usually take care of the property enough for OUR comfort and OUR safety. We would expect the owner to take care of any necessary repairs, any breaches in safety, and any emergencies on the property. The interesting thing is that beyond minor repairs we wouldn’t think twice about “fixing” anything. We wouldn’t want to be held accountable for further damage. Like I said, we will take care of the home to make sure it is comfortable to live in, to be sure it is appropriate for visitors to come and enjoy themselves. We would even feel as though we were treating it like it’s our OWN.
But if it isn’t our OWN, someone else lays claim to it. They have more invested in the property than renters do. For renters, it is temporary. The owner of the property wants to see the value increase so the way they will maintain the property will require more effort and care than a renter. They will invest in the best security system to guard and protect their property. They will hire the most reliable gardener to maintain the landscape to enhance its beauty. They will care for their investment much greater than a renter would. In other words there is a stark contrast between a renter and an owner.
Let me ask a question, “Are you a renter or an OWNER…of your faith?”
Take the example above and apply it to your faith (if any faith at all) in God. In my case, that would be faith invested through my relationship with Jesus. This is the key, have the mindset of an owner. Investing in the relationships and disciplines (prayer, Bible reading, abstinence) that help you thrive in your faith. Dating someone who wants the same things you want (in general) in a relationship, with both of you wanting to honor the Lord. Implementing boundaries in your life that will help prevent falling into perpetual sinful lifestyles is a way of investing in your faith.
A “faith renter” is someone who will not want to be inconvenienced with what it takes to actually grow stronger in their walk with God. A “faith renter” is someone who will compromise on boundaries that can protect he or she from trouble. A “faith renter” is someone who will rely on someone else to do the work to strengthen their faith. For example, they will rely on the one who OWNS their faith to do all the praying, all the evangelizing, and all the counseling. They wouldn’t necessarily want to learn to do those things themselves…that’s asking too much!
Here are the implications. It will mean the difference between the peace of God during the most difficult times. It can mean overcoming fears and uncertainty in times of turmoil. It could also be the deciding factor in winning against temptations because you are likely to see a greater return on a greater investment. The only risk in this type of investment that I can think of is the risk of losing relationships because you are taking Jesus “too seriously,” or there may be greater trials from what we call “spiritual warfare” because you are looking more and more like Jesus. After being converted to an owner and seeing the radical difference in my heart and in my life, I believe the investment is worth the risk.
I ask again, “Are you a renter or an OWNER…of your faith?”