If Mark Zuckerberg ever comes to my house, you know what I'm going to do?
Hide all my money.
"Stash the kids' piggy banks!" I'll say. "We don't want him trying to bogey all our nickels and dimes!"
Of course I'm kidding. And why?
Because Mark Zuckerburg (Founder of Facebook/Gazillionaire) does not need my money. No need to try and keep it from him.
The same could be said of God. He does not NEED our stuff, our time, our money, our anything.
"I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills...The world is mine and all that is in it" (Psalm 50:9-10, 12).
Why do we withhold anything--ANYTHING--from the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills? We get this death-grip on our homes, our cars, our checking accounts as though God might come after them. We even do it with people, forgetting that we are not owners of our relationships, but stewards.
God sometimes does remove things from our lives--But not out of His need. He is always motivated by His love for us and the desire to display His splendor. Our God is constantly compelled by His longing for His glory and our good.
The next time you find yourself with a too-tight grip on something, thinking you're managing to keep something from the God who reigns over it all yet needs none of it, just picture yourself hiding the spare change jar before Mark Zuckerberg comes over for dinner.