Monday, July 27th, 2015
All Things (Part 10)
Are Meant To Be Shared
Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.
Acts 4:32 (NKJV)
As it is written, 'He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.'
2 Corinthians 8:15 (NKJV)
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share...
1 Timothy 6:17-18 (NASB)
For Christians, the whole idea of ownership is foolish. If we don't own our bodies, how can we own anything else?* But our world revolves around commerce, just like a ticking clock. Our hands move toward items of interest, almost by themselves.
Babies born needy become kids quite greedy. Among my grandsons, 'mine' is a fighting word. The desire for ownership begins early. Sharing and giving are not easy to teach. Experts say, learning comes best by example.
Like Jesus. What did He choose to own? 'Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His Head' (Matthew 8:20). Apparently, little. God's Own Son traveled light, because ownership binds. His ministry required freedom of movement.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your world must revolve around Jesus. As His Parable clearly describes, even your talents belong to Him.**
Consider some daily reminders: 1) Everything on earth belongs to God. 2) If we've earned anything, it's still His. 3) Our brains, drive and strength come from Him, too. 4) At best, we're good and faithful stewards. 5) 'The Maker of all things' (Jeremiah 51:19) likes sharing.
6) Therefore, He shared everything with us. 7) Always His best and even His Son. 8) Selfishness opposes God's nature. 9) Selfishness plus fear equals hoarding. 10) We must share our best gifts with others. 11) Hopeful eyes need to see your talents. 12) Even more, they need to meet your Christ.
So share Him.
To Be Continued...
* 'Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own' (1 Corinthians 6:19). 'Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship' (Romans 12:1).
** The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.