An elderly couple walked into McDonald’s holding hands and ordered one value meal with an extra cup.
A lady in the corner of the restaurant watched the sweet couple as took their meal and sat in a booth. The old gentlemen gently cut the sandwich in half. Counted out the fries in two separate but equal piles. Then poured half the drink into the extra cup,
Thinking they were on a limited income and couldn’t afford two meals, the lady walked over and offered to buy them another meal.
“Oh, no!’ objected the old fellow. “We’ve been married 50 years. And we share everything. We always share our meals.”
As the lady began to walk away, he noticed the wife was not eating. So, she stopped and asked if she was going to eat.
“Oh yes” she replied, ” But it’s his turn with the teeth.”
Norma Jean and I frequently share meals. But not teeth! However, sharing is good. It’s a lesson that most of us have been taught from childhood. “You need to share,” our parents instructed us.
Our word of the week is “share.”
The Bible says a lot about sharing. It’s a part of the Christian experience. It’s fundamental to our way of life. It’s necessary for our spiritual growth.
(1) Sharing begins with our relationship to God, The Bible says we “share in a heavenly calling” (Heb. 3:1). God has called us by the gospel to be in a relationship with Him. To share what He has prepared for us in Christ. To share in His grace, mercy and love.”
As a result of sharing with God, the apostle Peter writes, “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires” (2 Pet. 1:4).
(2) Sharing progresses with Discipleship Development. Disciples are followers, pupils and learners of Christ. Jesus “went about doing good” (Ax 10:38). So should we! The Bible says we should “be ready to share (1 Tim. 6:8). The Jerusalem disciples learned in the very beginning to share with one another (Ax 2:42-47).
True Disciples of Christ are not selfish, but are sharers!
(3) Sharing is enjoyed in our spiritual fellowship. The word “fellowship” means to share. To jointly participate. To be a partner. We share the same spiritual blessings in Christ (Eph. 1:3). We share in the same “gift of the Holy Spirit (Ax 2:38; 1 Cor 12:13). We share in the joy of our mutual faith (Phil 1:20) We share the same hope (Eph 4:4)
We also share and bear one another burdens (Gal. 6:1-2). The Bible says to “weep with those that “weep.” We share sorrows. Hurts. And disappointments. We share the load of care that our brother bears.
(4) Sharing is expressed in our mutual ministry. Our ministry is based on our gifts, talents and abilities. All are different. Each is unique. But as we all share what we have and what we can do, the ministry is enhanced. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Heb 13:16)
(5) Sharing is multiplied in our evangelistic outreach. In a world that says, “keep your faith to yourself,” the Bible says “share your faith!”
Because he was willing to share the gospel message, Paul said he became “all things to all men.” He gave up personal opinions, social prestige, and popular position. Why, Paul? “I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings” ( 1Cor. 9:23).
Be a person willing to share what you can with others. It will give your life meaning, value and significance. William James was right when he wrote, “The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman