It seems as though people use the phrase “owning it” a lot these days. This phrase is used to convey the meaning of someone owning a problem, an issue, or in other words taking responsibility for something. Unfortunately, people do not often take responsibility for their actions or duties very seriously. This is especially true many times when there has been a mistake made.
When it comes to mistakes or problems, many find it far easier to blame someone else. I heard someone once say and I have found it to be true often that “to err is human and to blame it on someone else is even more human.”
Indeed, we should live up to our calling, our responsibilities, and all that God has entrusted us with. I am afraid though that we get confused with what we are really supposed to own. I believe that we spend far too much time trying to own things that are not really ours to own. We will chase the things of this world trying to own as much as we can only to learn that chase is futile.
Many times we attempt to own our children only to realize when they are grown that they were only ours for a while. Also, we try to own and control our past, present, and future only to realize that we can control very little. I love what 1 Corinthians 3:22 teaches us in regards to who owns these types of things. This verse declares:
“Whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you.” 1 Corinthians 3:22
Everything belongs to God. He is the One who gave us our family. He is the One who provides the job, the house, the things we have, and more importantly He owns our present and future. God is the One that keeps our heart beating and gives us what we need to sustain life in this present life. The best part is that God is the only One that can guarantee our eternity in Heaven with Him.
You see God is the One who owns everything. Yet, many times we try and control the things that He owns and controls. Instead, I believe that God would have us to pursue what we really need to own in this life. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 tells us what we really need to own or make our lives about:
“Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
The idea of training ourselves for godliness is what the Lord desires that we pursue in this life. As the phrase above says we need to “own it.” When we own this, I am convinced as the verse declares that we will see the benefits “in this life and the life to come.” It is then that we will begin to trust our lives, our families, our careers, our things, and futures to the One who truly owns it all.