We’ve all been there. You’ve gotten together with a friend for a play date at your house, and your kid doesn’t want to share her toys. She’s got tons of them and they are all “mine!” “You need to share,” you say. “When you are at your friends’ houses, you get to play with their toys, and when they come here, we share ours with them … You’ve got a lot toys, just give him ONE to play with … I gave you those toys, and I’m telling you to share … If you can’t share, I will put it away so nobody can play with it!” Eventually, you rip the toy from her hands to give to her friend, all the while they are both whining and crying. It’s selfish, you know, and you just can’t WAIT for your kids go come out of this phase, right?
The question is, how much have you grown up?
Our pastor talked about sharing our “stuff” today at church. We’re in the middle of a financial series, and he’s emphasized how everything we have is given to us by God. We should be blessing others with our excess, rather than hording it for ourselves. He focused on the rich farmer in Luke 12, who was blessed with a lot of grain one season. Instead of sharing what he received above and beyond what he needed, he decided to build bigger barns to store the grain for himself and retire early. If you are familiar with the parable, you know that he dies. We don’t know what’s coming in the days ahead. While it’s smart to be prepared for the future, we can’t spend all our time, energy and resources waiting for a day that may never come. What do you have in your closet are you saving for the future? Things that others may be able to use now that you may not ever need? I know we are constantly giving away bags of stuff to the various organizations that send their trucks, but there is still a ton of unused things in our closets and basement that I am saving … just in case. It’s something to think about (or, more accurately, something to take action about!).
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Tim 6:17-19