I learned a long time ago as a child that I am supposed to share. But then it was to share out of my abundance. If I had enough for two, I needed to share with another so that we both had enough. It doesn’t seem like a Christian thing, so much as a human good. That is so because it has been built within us, our moral code if you would, to share with one another. As a mother shares with her child, and a father with his family, so it is built within us to share with those we care for.

If we know to do this naturally, then why this admonition? Obviously, our sin affects us more deeply than we realize. For in our abundance we can forget our responsibility to others. And in our faith, we find that sharing is far deeper than we observe naturally, for Christian sharing means not giving not merely from our abundance, but from our own need. God is pleased with such sacrifices. It is no sacrifice to give what we can afford to lose. It is sacrifice to give when we need it ourselves.

But as Christians we can afford to give even this, because our Father has more than enough. That is why we can afford being generous. Our Father is the King. He already owns everything. It is no matter to Him to give. But it is a great matter to us, who only see with our eyes. We must exercise faith to give what we believe we can’t afford. That is faithful giving.

Father, help me to see with Your eyes. Help me to see that what I have isn’t mine, so much as Your property for which I am steward. Help me to see the needs of others, that I may minister what is Yours to those that need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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