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Sharing Versus Selfishness

Sharing is defined as allowing others to freely use, enjoy and experience possessions belonging to you. It is character trait that parents teach their children regarding their toys, special treats and anything they hold a high regard for. Selfishness has special regard for personal possessions that they hoard and prevent others from using the things belonging to them.

From Godís perspective sharing is an important part of keeping relationship with others strong. Within the family unit there are a number of things shared in common. The home, the food on the table, and accomplishments of each member are part of family life. We share emotions of life found in birth, various graduations, awards, marriage, personal growth and eventually his or her passing.

We also share responsibilities at work more so with multi-tasking. In sharing the workload, everyone within the organization has a specific task he or she does. Together when all the jobs are completed the final product is ready to be used by others. When it comes down to the brass tack, many jobs are too big for one person to accomplish. Sharing our lives and skills with others becomes a necessity.

Even God finds sharing a necessity in his nature to accomplish his goals. In speaking about the Holy Spirit Jesus said,

And within the last written prayer, Jesus said this to his father.

The bible speaks about the many battles that the Israelites fought in. Although the battle was the Lordís, he fought alongside the men of Israel. The Israelites shared in the spoils of war, but were seen by men as being victorious. God received the glory in addition to a tithe of the spoils. However, some of the battles called for complete devastation of life and property. That is when men learned obedience and shared the harshness of God with sin and idolatry.

The harshness of God with sin and the compassion of God is shared in the substitutionary sacrifice of a lamb for the sins of man. The compassion of God sought a way to regain the fellowship with his creation. His plan allowed a death of a lamb as a substitute for the death of the person committing sin. The harshness of God demanded death for sin committed by men but in compassion God sent his son to pay the penalty.

Old Testament history shows whenever Israel strayed from God their nation was punished by those invading their land. Idolatry was the one sin that separated the love of God from Israel. We also see the humor of God as he chose people that served foreign gods similar to those Israel worshipped to punish them.  The invading people showed no respect for life and took and destroyed their possessions. Even those who remained loyal to God suffered with those who rebelled and were subjected to Godís wrath.

Many are called but only a few choose the heavenly calling of our Lord and Savior. In this calling, those who respond to God share in the heavenly citizenship within the kingdom of God. We also share in the love and peace of God the responsibilities of kingdom citizenship by loving one another and maintaining the peace of God.

The bible speaks of how the Passover lamb was shared so none of the lamb would go to waste. God required that enough people would congregate and share in fellowship during the night of Passover as to consume the entire lamb. They celebrated the Passover in the years that followed to remind them that God demonstrated his power by passing over them on the night the first born of Egypt died to deliver them out of slavery. Today we share in communion with elements of wine and bread symbolic of the blood and body of Christ.  We are reminded that Jesus became the Lamb of God that was slain in our place that we might have life and fellowship with God.

When we partake in the wine and bread we share in the blood and body of Christ. It reminds us though Christ was sinless he carried our sins to the cross so we may be restored to fellowship with God.  

Today we share in the ministry of reconciliation.

As kings and priest of his Kingdom we have a command to spread the gospel so that all men may be reconciled to God. Paul writes that we are Godís ambassadors commissioned with his message pleading his desire to be reconciled to other men and women. The outcome is that we share in the mission of Christ for the salvation of men.

Through the ministry of reconciliation those who accept Christ also share in the grace of God. For it is by grace that we were saved. (Ephesians 2:8-9) When we accept Jesus as Lord we learn to obey God knowing that God disciplines us for our good so we may share in his holiness. When Christ returns we have the promise that we will share in the tree of life and have permanent residence in the city of God. There in the city of God, he will allow you to freely use, enjoy and experience the possessions belonging to him.

However there are the arrogant and haughty who practiced selfishness. They hoard possessions, absorbed the earnings of others, and devour the luxuries of this life while having no concern for others. All their efforts were wasted, as they will leave everything behind for others to squander. And in the end they will face God who will reward them according to their deeds. The outcome is completely different for he will allow the selfish person to freely use and share in the reward reserved for Satan.

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