Sharing is a part of Christian teachings
Have you ever wondered why are Christians called to share their blessings with others? Bible readings expound on the subject at length. Consider these verses:
- Deuteronomy 15:10 – You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.
- Proverbs 22:9 – The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
- Acts 20:35 – I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
As God’s people, we should follow His commands and precepts. It keeps our hearts in sync with His.
Jesus tells us that God is more willing to give good things to His followers than we are to give good gifts to our own natural children (Matthew 7:11). Through His kindness and goodness, God makes all things possible and available for his children. Many times the Bible reminds us to remember and keep the covenant with Him: I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God (Exodus 6:7). But is obedience the only reason we should share what He has given us?
An answer might be found in the core nature of sin. Sin is much more than simple disobedience. At its core sin is being centered on self, rather than being centered on God and others. Pride, greed, lust, covetousness, disrespect, and all manner of other evils stem from our naturally selfish natures, the desire to be focused on “Number 1”. Self-centeredness is our core problem. It separates us from God, the source of our existence, and from each other. Truth be told, our capacity to receive God’s blessings, without fostering selfishness, is limited, unless we pass our blessings along.
Think of a water glass. It can hold only so much. But, if the glass is tilted so that its contents will flow out, it can handle an infinite amount.
So, how should Christians share their blessings?
When Christians talk about “giving” or “sharing”, the thought of money often comes to mind. Most of us are unwilling to give away what we feel we have we have worked so hard to acquire. We feel we need it to survive. But, if everyone were focused on the well-being and survival of others, we would need a lot less to live on. This is called “community”!
It is also true that “giving” and “sharing” are not synonymous with “giving money”. Though we should learn to be share some of our earnings with people who are in need, it is not the only way, and money is not the only thing, that can bless other people:
- Give your time to someone or some cause.
Often, sharing your time, is even more significant than sharing material things. Think of the time Jesus spent with the downcast and the downtrodden during His time on earth. By spending time with the needy, the sick and the broken, He added to the quality of their lives. The people He helped really felt that quality, and their gratitude and happiness added to the quality of His own earthly life as well.
- Bless others.
You can project good into the life of other people by more than just saying “God bless you.” We should put our faith into our blessings, by consistently supporting the good we will for others, through personal involvement (James 2:20). We need to do this, however, with pure motives, and not make a public show out of it (Matthew 6:4). We all miss out when our blessings become empty words instead of being generous and meaningful.
- Live in gratitude.
Christians should be thankful for what they have and never look down on others, as if they are not as blessed. Count your blessings, no matter how little or how much you have. If you look hard enough you will realize you have been blessed more than enough.
Sharing is both a responsibility and an opportunity to live out the Christian teachings we receive.