When Amy and I first got married, we rented a small, two bedroom apartment. We chose it because it was one of the cheapest we could find and it was near our jobs and our college. (We were so crazy in love that we didn’t even wait to finish college before we got married!)
Since we were renting the apartment, if anything went wrong, we simply called the property manager to have any problems fixed. If the pipes were clogged up, it was their problem. If the a/c wasn’t working, they had to handle it. It was their resonsibility because they owned it.
Of course, as renters we were also limited. Our kitchen had the ugliest wallpaper that I’ve ever seen, but we were not allowed to change it. I guess the owners were really into having outdated, ugly wallpaper.
Later on, Amy and I were able to build our first home. It was a small, three-bedroom home that was just big enough for our growing family–me, Amy, our soon-to-be-born daughter Alora, and our dog Tozer.
We took pride in our home, and did everything we could to make it the best it could be. On the outside, I planted grass and landscaped the yard so that it would have great curb appeal. On the inside we painted the walls with our favorite colors and Amy even painted a beautiful mural in Alora’s bedroom. We invested in making our home the best it could be because it was our house.
We were owners.
And as owners we were willing to invest our time, money, and energy.
When it comes to God’s house–the Church–I believe that God wants us to behave like owners not renters. Why? Because He has made us a part of His House (1 Corinthians 3:9; Hebrews 3:6), and He has called each of us to personally invest in building-up His house:
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12)
From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part (Ephesians 4:16)
If you are a Christian, you are part of God’s Church–God’s House. So, you should find a local church and begin taking ownership within that church. If BridgePoint is your church, here are some ways you can begin taking ownership:
- Find a volunteer team that allows you to follow your passions and use the gifts and talents God has given you. Love the next generation? Serve with KidPoint or DIVE. Want to help people engage with God in worship? Join our Production or Worship teams. Are you interested in helping people take their next steps? Join our Care Team. Interested in creating a welcoming enviornment for guests? Join one of our Guest Experience teams such as Parking, Greeting, or Connections. Looking for something behind the scenes? Join our Set-up team or our Counting Team. Interested in leading a group of people to learn and apply the Bible? Join our Groups team. I could go on and on with more opportunities, but I think you get the picture.
- Join a group and begin investing your time with others who are seeking to follow Jesus. God designed for us to encourage, teach, exhort, love, and invest in one another. Whether you realize it or not, you have a lot to offer others…and they have a lot to offer you…as you journey together toward Jesus!
- Regularly give a portion of your finances to help fuel the mission of connecting people to new life in Jesus. God provides for us, not only because He wants us to have all that we need, but He also wants us to be enabled to give generously toward the work of the local church (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11).
- Take ownership in your own spiritual growth by reading and applying the Bible, praying, and following the leadership of the Holy Spirit. While others can assist you in your spiritual journey, you must make daily investments yourself. You’ll never grow more and more into the image of Jesus unless you decide to take ownership in your own relationship with God. When you grow and become more like Jesus, the whole church will be blessed.
- Share the gospel with someone. Tell someone about the good news that their sins can be forgiven because of the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believers” (Romans 1:16). Tell them about how Jesus changed your life. Help someone else get connected to Jesus and become part of God’s House!
My prayer is that we will all move from being renters to being owners within God’s church!
Join the conversation: What are some other ways that you can take ownership?