Share Or Go Hungry (5.18.13)
If we could share say a pizza, we could share just about anything.
We can share a laugh, a beach, what little we have, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Just to name a few.
Some of us missed the share in the sandbox lesson, perhaps because everyone nowadays has his own stuff.
Anything worth having, is probably worth sharing.
The gist of sharing is pretty simple- at least two human beings and someone chooses to share and the other slows down enough to receive it.
Sharing is about seeing five loaves and two fish as a start, anyway. So many of us, we all know the feeling, wait to share what we have until we think folks mostly agree with us.
How's that coming along?
Are you getting much practice?
The body of Christ is filled by people with His Spirit and so includes all manner of His gifts (some apostles and prophets and evangelists, pastor-teachers and so on, and so on). It's great to see a healthy church which sounds and looks more like a symphony, than a recital solo.
As a pastor folks sometimes share spontaneously (even if if they have no idea you are a pastor) about their ups and downs. Sometimes, before anybody asks anything about anything, out pops the regretful confession "I'm not married anymore."
Now there are myriads of reasons for divorce, but it usually has something to do with sharing, something, if it could be put in words, like "I didn't share enough at home."
Have you ever looked around and seen folks trying to make up for lost time?
It can't be done.
Same for lost sharing- we have to do it when we have the chance.
When King David was on his rise to power, he made a point to share the spoils of victory with all the people of Israel, not just the men who went to battle, but also the folks who guarded the camp and the friends and families back home (1Samuel30. See also Joshua 22,8).
This became the law of the land of Israel, the law of sharing.
King David comes down to us in scripture as a man after God's own heart, a man who fought for what God gave him and shared some of all he gained, whenever he had the chance.
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Tobin Hitt is the founder of the Zion Pentecost Mission. He is open to gospel partnership with all, and identifies with Paul's description of our mission as ambassadors for our king, Jesus, urging all to reconcile with God (2Cor.20-21). He resides in Cheshire, Connecticut.read more...