Relinquishing Ownership

Relinquishing the sense of ownership is vital in church planting. Church planting is God’s work. God owns it and he will always be the one to start and finish it. Everything belongs to God and that includes you. We do not send ourselves, Jesus sends us and we do what he wants us to do.

In Genesis chapter thirty eight and verse six to ten the Bible tells us that Judah the son to Jacob took a wife for his first born son Er. The name of his son’s wife was Tamar. Unfortunately Er was wicked and God was not pleased with him therefore he killed Er. The only successor for Er was his brother Onan that is why Judah told him to take his brother’s wife Tamar to be his wife. In all this Onan struggled with the idea that the children that he would raise through his deceased brother’s wife would not carry his name. In verse nine of the same chapter the Bible says, “And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother” (KJV). This is what happens when the ownership of church ministry is not placed in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ministry is not a personal thing. Onan the son to Judah had personal issues and that displeased God. The work of God belongs to God and he owns everything. People like Onan are not helpful to God’s plan of saving people. Onan did not seem to know that the Messiah was supposed to be from the seed of Judah although that was God’s plan. He faced serious consequences for that lack of knowledge. If he knew he would not have denied seed for his brother. All he needed was to do the will of another. The will of his father Judah, who had given him to Tamar, was rooted in the will of God.