15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Children often reveal to us foundational truths of reality if we will pay close enough attention. One of those truths is connected to identity. I am not you, and you are not me, for instance. They also, on some level, seem to understand the concept of ownership. Hang around some toddlers for about 15 minutes you are likely to hear one of them proclaim to the other, “hey, that is mine!” It’s a simple statement the recognizes the distinction between persons and the concept of ownership. It is innate to who we are and how we were created.
As a result, we teach our children to share. We attempt to convince them that sharing is a good and wonderful thing. Much of the time this attempt fails. One might even suggest that this lesson fails all the way into adulthood. Adults are often attempting to get a lot of stuff, they want to own things and build our kingdom of dirt. And so often, we don’t learn the lesson of sharing. Yet, this lesson is a Biblical one.
When we share, when we do good to others, God is pleased. In so many ways that is what we are here to do, please God. Sharing pleased God. It isn’t wrong to have stuff. In fact, you can’t share something you don’t have. But as Christians we are to live with open hands.
Stop and think for a moment about how you might have been blessed by someone share with you. How did their generosity impact you?
Pray for an opportunity to share, to be generous towards someone today. Then, when you are generous, remember that, that pleases God!!