NEWSFLASH: Sharing really is Caring

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Did you enjoy it when your mom used to force you to share your toys with your siblings or friends? Yeah, me and you were the good kids who loved to share, all the other kids were the selfish ones right? The truth is I hated sharing, it was my stuff, and it always seemed like “the man” was trying to pull me down by making me give my stuff away! What I began to realize though is that if I voluntarily shared my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Samurai Special Edition Leonardo Action Figure with Side Kick ability with my friends then my mom never nagged me about it! Crazy revelation right?

Jesus seemed to care a lot about the same stuff, about our heart for sharing with other and being generous.

One time a rich public official came up to Jesus and asked an honest question. What do I need to do to get to Heaven? Fair question since Jesus was a religious leader and this was a normal question to test any teacher with.

Jesus answer was different than most though. His first response was about following the right rules, and the official seemed to think he had a decent handle on not killing people and stuff, so Jesus continued…

Jesus: “One thing you still lack—one thing; sell all your possessions and distribute the proceeds to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. Then you can come and follow Me.”[1]

The official then got really sad and walked away because he couldn’t obey Jesus answer.

See Jesus didn’t really care about how much money this guy had, but He knew what was holding this guy’s heart. He knew that the official’s bank account was not a blessing but a hindrance from true freedom.

It can be the same for us. But it doesn’t stop at money, that’s just an example.

We could be held back by golfing, work, obsessing over our appearance, or pride over the type of sports car we drive.

Those things aren’t evil, but when they become our main focus, that is when Jesus would say to give them up and follow Him. Did that sting? Good, me too.

We look to all of our favorite things to save us and fulfill us, but really only Jesus can. And that is the point, so don’t walk away sad, just follow Jesus, you’ll know the rest.

[1] Luke 18:22