We so often associate boundaries with limitations. But God is challenging me to see boundaries as He does: As the key to abundance.
I tend to see a boundary as a limit that must not crossed. Even when that boundary is there for very good reason, I want to rebel and cross it. It looks to me like a jail cell and feels like the bars that hold me in. I want to break out of it. I want to be free of it.
This is not how God sees boundaries. Instead of seeing them as boundary limits, he sees them as boundary lines. Lines that clearly mark the territory that has been bought and paid for with blood, sweat and tears for me. Territory that is a gift and an inheritance that’s given to ensure my prosperity, security and flourishing fruitfulness. He says “This land is yours. Yours to live in, work and take care of, build upon and thrive from. By cultivating this land comes your abundance.”
“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6 NIV)
We all know that the rich and wealthiest people are those that own land. I am talking about owning it outright- not just having a title and paying a mortgage to a company who “really” owns it. We don’t own land or a house on it right now. We are renters..for now. We did “own” a house once but not really. My name was on the title but the land was owned by banks (many different banks as I came to understand. They continued to sell it to each other every couple of months it seemed). Ownership like this, or “owership” as it should be called, turned out to be a spirit crushing nightmare by the end of that ordeal.
That is not the kind of ownership God is talking about. I may not own land here on earth (yet) but I have been given a spiritual inheritance that is abundant and beautiful. I do not live in “owership” to God. He is not a big banker in the sky, selling and reselling my soul to the highest bidder. No, my soul is His. Bought with the price of His son’s sacrifice, paid for with the spilling of his own son’s blood.
A death I deserve in exchange for a life I don’t.
I don’t deserve it but it is mine, nonetheless.
What I do with it, however, is up to me.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
(Ephesians 1:18, 19 NIV)
The Greek word used for inheritance here means:
1). Property received (or about to be received) by inheritance.
2). What is given to one as a possession.
“But I do more than thank. I ask-ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory-to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him-endless energy, boundless strength!”
(Ephesians 1:17-19 MSG)
It is time to stop associating boundaries with limitations and see them for what they are: the evidence of our inheritance, our possession and the key to abundant life.