"Let them have dominion."
In Matthew 6:24, Jesus challenged his listeners by saying " You cannot serve two masters." The teaching that we will be sharing alludes to this. Life is full of choices and that concept of choosing finds its source in the Old Testament in the statement choose you this day whom you will serve. It is my belief that Adam fell from his place of dominion or shall we say kingdom. It was Jesus purpose to bring us back to the kingdom. It is a kingdom that is typified by dominion. He encourages us, in Matthew's gospel, not to run after things in this life because the Father now provides for you. According to Matthew 6:43 when we seek first His Kingdom or dominion, all these things shall be added to you. The word dominion is powerful and it has a number of meanings. Let me share them with you briefly. Rulership, Lordship - that has to do with authority; Caretakership - that has to do with stewardship.
The idea that I will be developing is ownership; meaning sovereign or supreme authority. It also carries with it the power to govern or control, power to direct, or use as you please. Ownership means to have legal or rightful title to something. I do know when you read this your thoughts will be, "I live in a crazy world with all sorts of issues that take away my time, my emotional energy, and my resources." You may even feel victimized by the vast intrusion of life as it is. Yet Jesus reminds us at we can live another way. Either that is true or I am trying to teach you some fabrication of an impossible Pollyanna world. I believe it is true. I believe that Jesus wants us to know it, embrace it, and walk in it. With that in mind, I would ask you to be prayerful and open hearted during this time of strategic teaching.