“We give Thee but Thine own/Whate’er gifts may be/All that we have is Thine alone/A trust, O Lord, from Thee. Amen.” William Walsham How
These are lyrics from a song written in the 1800s that I grew up singing in church. To paraphrase away from the King Jamesiness of the lyric it is simply saying, “We give God what is already His, whatever the gift may be. Everything we have belongs to God only, everything we have was given as a trust from Jesus. This is certain, sure and valid, truthful and faithful.” We sang this to prepare for giving tithes and offerings. The principle extolled here is stewardship. What we have to understand, however, is that stewardship requires more of us than just how we use money.
The lyrics of the song quoted above states that EVERYTHING we have, not just money, is a trust from the Lord. This speaks to God’s grace toward us. What do we have that wasn’t by His grace? Philippians 4:19 tells us God supplies all of our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus – the riches are His but not only that, He makes them available for us. The money we have, our talents, our time, our ministries are not really ours but they all are trusts from God. But what does “a trust” from the Lord mean?
To use Merriam-Webster’s definition, a trust is an arrangement in which someone’s property or money is legally held or managed by someone else or by an organization (such as a bank) for usually a set period of time. Having access to grace is a trust of God’s property, possessions, and riches, legally through faith in Jesus Christ, but, the trust is for a set period of time. One of the greatest principles we need to understand is this trust is temporary because our lives are temporary (Job 14:5). Paul speaks about redeeming the time while we are here in this world. Let us redeem our time here being good stewards of all God has granted to us by giving them back to Him.