“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
“Share with others.” This is concept that is stressed through preschool and most of Kindergarten. Our human nature doesn’t want to share what we have. In a natural, untamed form: we want what we want, when we want it, and we want it all for ourselves.
Sharing with others is something that is learned, not a natural skill we are born with. The writer of Hebrews writes that sharing with others can be a “sacrifice,” and that sacrifice pleases God.
God knows that we have selfish tenancies. He knows that we work hard for the stuff in this life. But what—or WHO—are we working for? Who is our boss?
There is no perfect boss here on earth. They all come up short and have many failings in their leadership. But if we shift who our Ultimate Boss is, God, and start working for Him alone, our focus shifts from working for man to working for God.
Our bi-monthly paycheck may come up short, but if you work for the will of the Father, He will never come up short. When our heart is tuned to Him, our work will not be in vain.
What was shared this week with someone? Whatever gifts, talents, or treasures we have in life, are we sharing them with others around us?
What about time? Time is our most precious commodity; we can never be repaid fully for the minutes we spend doing something. We can be paid in dollar bills, but we can never get back any time. It can slip from our hands quickly and once it’s gone—it’s gone.
Spending time is a sacrifice. Talking with a friend who is struggling with her children or husband, is time spent. Using those few extra minutes to ask your Starbucks Barista “how’s your day?”, is time spent. These few minutes out of our lives can be sacrifices, and can please God through the loving of others.
Our lives are not lived for ourselves, they are meant to be shared with others to bring glory to God. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone.” (Gal6.10)
Following the path,
© Kelly Sundsvold and kellysundsvold.com, 2016