Ti is a tiny word in the Greek language, one of the smallest that you’ll find on any given page of a Greek New Testament. But it has a big meaning in Acts chapter 4: “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had” (verse 32). Our English versions translate the Greek word ti with our word any. None of the early Christians claimed that anything, not even the tiniest trinket, was his or her own.
That passage is a powerful example of what some Christians call stewardship. It’s the idea that nothing we have, own, wear, drive, possess, etc. belongs to us. It all belongs to God. He owns it. We just manage it. God, in his generous love, gives us so many blessings to use to his glory and others’ good, but we must remember that everything, even the tiniest ti, belongs to him.
That truth can confront us if we hold on to money too tightly. Yet it can also comfort us. The God who owns everything has chosen to put so much into our hands. Through generous parents, job opportunities, birthday gifts, and annual raises, he has chosen to entrust his stuff into our lives. He gave us the privilege of being his channel for giving to those in need so we can experience the joy of his generous heart.
What a powerful mindset! Look around for a moment and consider all the things, down to the smallest possession, that our Father has put into your hands.