Ownership is not about owning material things. Ownership is the Universe’s ownership over us, and our ownership over the universe: a divine connection that can never be taken away. Paul discusses “ownership” in his letter to the church of Corinth, when he tells them in 2 Corinthians, Verses 21-22, God “anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
God anointed us – set a seal of ownership upon us — means God made us special, gave us a gift, filled us with a power, set us apart, endowed us with something so spectacular that it shines through us. We can see it in our glow; feel it in or voice; know it by our actions; observe it in our good fortune; and witness it by our integrity.
You know when someone is anointed. You feel the gift, the charisma, the soul exuding from them, God expressing as them. President Obama is anointed. Jessie Jackson is anointed. Michael Jackson was anointed. But 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 is saying that God has anointed all of us. The question is – do we own up to our anointing?
The scripture says – not only has God anointed us – but God has put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit.
This is the part that we gloss over.
God has put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit, as insurance, as a guarantee. It says: God “anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. This means our Good – our success – our victory – our joy – our goals – our accomplishments — is guaranteed.
The Spiritual Law of Ownership is akin to what Jeremiah says in Chapter 1 Verse 5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” In other words, I anointed you; I blessed you; I gave you something special; I knew what I sent you here to do.”
Why does it take us so long to do what we are called to do? Because we second-guess God.
We second-guess what is deep in our hearts, what we are passionate about, what we live for, what we know we are here to do. Why? Because we are afraid. We don’t think we’ll survive it. We want to play it safe. But in Isaiah, in the 43rd chapter, the 1st verse, God says: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” So the question is whether you are willing to own up – to collect – what is already guaranteed? The money is in the bank. The ship is in. All you have to do is pick the right closed door.
Opportunity has knocked – all you have to do is walk in. God, inexhaustible source and supply – omnipotent good, omnipresent protection, omniscient wisdom is saying to us “All you have to do is ask; I already said that it will be yours.” I have called you by name – I have reminded you of your anointing – that I own you, and you own the spirit that I have given you.
I didn’t bring you into this world unprepared. I gave you the gifts and talents that you need.
I put the right people in your path.
I blessed you with the right circumstances.
I gave you direction, and instruction, and purpose.
Stop second-guessing me.
Dennis Kimbro was born to write about wealth. In his book The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires, he captures the spirit in the hearts of black millionaires in attempt to show us that we, too, are anointed. He teaches us that when opportunity knocks, we must hang on as long as it takes, lay it all on the line, if necessary – and proceed on faith because we can do it, we can do it, we can do it.
Carla Harris did it. She is not only a gospel singer and a motivational speaker and a writer but also a managing director at Morgan Stanley, and one of the most powerful women on Wall Street. When she was in high school, a teacher told her not to apply to any Ivy Leagues, and she applied to everyone. That’s someone who realizes their anointing.
When she was at Harvard, a professor told her that she lacked the aptitude for economics. “You can’t think” he said. But guess what she did, she majored in Economics, and produced a senior thesis so good that it is housed in Harvard University’s archives. “Never second-guess yourself,” she said.
She says that at the beginning of the year, she creates two columns – one listing the attributes of the kind of person she wants to be and one listing her goals.
Every day she prepares a TO DO list – that reminds her that the future begins that very moment, this very moment.
There is nothing standing in our way to do what we want to do provided we know what we want to do.
The question is what is our passion? What is our unique gift? What is our strength?
A nine year old stood in his fourth grade class and shared how he had the goal of one day starring on television – he was ridiculed by his class, but today the joke is on them because he not only was on television but had his own show, Steve Harvey knew what he was called to do.
Og Mandino said “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.
Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the greatest mountain of all.”
Desire is the spirit of God burning in us.
Therefore, our purpose, our calling, our passion will always help others.
And God will always bless us when we are obedient, that is, realize what we are here to do.
Spirit owns us and we must own up to the desires that are in our hearts demanding that we be obedient to them, trust them, and dedicate ourselves to them.