What does ownership mean? I own my house and the ground it sits on. If I want to drive a nail in the wall to hang a picture, or dig a hole in the back yard to plan a tree, I do it. I don’t need to ask permission – except maybe discuss it with my wife. I just do it. Well, let’s extend this further. What does it mean that God is the owner of everything? Jesus told the parable of the Tenants and the Vineyard, Matthew 21:33f. He clearly pointed to God as the owner who expected responsible care and a return from the tenants. If we think of God as the owner of all things, of all that we are and possess, then this sets a certain attitude in our thinking. This begins with thankfulness. God is gracious and has given us all we have. Then there is an attitude of trust in the One who has all resources, and has promised never to leave or forsake us. Also a desire to use all we have for good, for our good, for the good of others, and to the glory of God. We like to think how strong, capable, and free we are. And we are, but we also have a gracious Lord who has created us and all that is. It is to Him that we give glory and thanks in all things.