“To Have is to Share”

This Weeks Meditation:  “To Have is to Share”
Read: 1 Timothy 6:17-21

If you have a dictionary or concordance in the back of your Bible turn to the word “share” and see how many times it is used in scripture.  Many!  This passage in 1st Timothy 6 is one example of how we are encouraged to share our blessings with others.  This means spiritually as well as monetarily.

I read two things this week that reminded me of this.  One was an article that referred to a poster that says, “In order to have what you want, share what you have.”  The other was an email I saw yesterday on Valentines Day.  It said, “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

Both of those are echoing what Paul is writing to Timothy in the passage above.  In verse 18 it says, “be generous and willing to share.”  It goes on to say that by doing that we lay up treasures for the future and that this generosity allows us to “take hold of a life that is truly life.”

Our world often markets things in a way that makes us think that we deserve the best of everything and that we should be entitled to it before anyone else.  That attitude goes against what Jesus taught and what the Bible encourages.  It is a good thing to serve others instead of serving ourselves.

In fact, that is the very example that Jesus gave his disciples and us as he washed their feet during the last supper that he had with them.  Jesus said, “I have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet.”

It’s often easy in this culture to get caught up in what others have and we do not.  The interesting thing about that is that we in the United States have so much compared to many in our world.  We are very blessed and as Christians we should always be on the lookout for who we are to bless.

Jesus wants us to focus on others needs instead of our own.  When we do that His Word is very clear that he will provide what we need.  Maybe not everything we “want” but everything we “need.”  Yes, God will also give us some of those “wants” at times as well if we show the attitude of a servant.  Lord, help us to have that attitude this week and in weeks ahead!

Make it personal:  Evaluate your sharing this week.  How are you doing?  Are you sharing with others?  Are you serving others?  Keep that in mind this week as you make decisions, and keep the example of Christ’s servanthood in front of you at all times.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church