May 10, 2014
Hoarding and holding, grabbing and getting, looking out for #1 too often rules the day. Unfortunately, even in our culture where serving or doing social justice has become the “in” thing, we are selfish enough to share for our own benefit. How do we lay down our lives for others? How literal is 1 John 3:17&18: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” How serious is Jesus in Matt 5:42: “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Are there limits to sharing? Is some selfishness appropriate? Or are we to trust God enough to share what he puts in our hands? (1 John 3:17-18; Matthew 5:38-42).