322 THE EW LIVIG PULPITtheir possessions. We constantly boast of our ownership,when this ground of boasting is really denied us altogether.Let the Scriptures be heard, "Behold unto Jehovah thy Godbelongeth heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth, withall that is therein." (Dent. 10:14.) "The silver is mine andthe gold is mine, saith Jehovah of hosts." (Haggai 2:8.)"For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon athousand hills." (Ps. 50:10.) And even beyond these strongwords it is strikingly significant to hear Paul say "ye are notyour own; for ye were bought with a price." (1 Cor. 6:19,20.) How little warrant do these ringing words of Holy Writleave us for our pitiful pride of possessions!The real problem is not that we give more or upon a differentplan, but that we give with a radically different conception of our relations to our possessions. We are not owners butstewards. What we have we hold in trust. The recognitionof this would transform religious conditions. A new day willdawn when a sense of actual accountability to God for all ourresources comes to possess the Discipleship of Jesus.Obligations of StewaedshipThe obligation of a steward is so to use trust funds as toadvance the owner's interests — to increase his holdings. Asteward is "not a slave but a trusted agent, a representative,a trustee," This is our amazing relationship to God. In theaffairs of men the matter is clearly understood. The stewardor trustee is constantly careful of "the goods" he handles. Aday of accounting is always before him. He wants the praiseof the owner for his business wisdom and his integrity inhandling the property entrusted to his care. He shrinksfrom the possibility of a charge of "wasting his goods." Itis clearly before him that the owner has the perfect rightto ask an accounting and the privilege of telling him that he"canst be no longer steward" if there is anything in his con-duct that is unsatisfactory.