We have a tradition at our house that Amigo and Doulos (our two canine creatures) truly love. Whenever we finish eating from a plate or bowl, or open a can of food that we think they might like the taste of, we let them lick the plate, bowl, or can until it is squeaky clean! They actually do a pretty good job of pre-washing our dishes for us.
Usually they are cool with sharing the delightful dishes that we place on the floor in front of them, but on occasion, one of the dogs will give the other a look or growl that indicates they are not in the mood to share. Occasionally they will grab the bowl and run off with it so that the other dog can’t get their chops on it.
Yesterday when I saw Doulos (the smaller dog) give Amigo a look and a grunt/growl, I was reminded of my own selfish attitude. How often do I choose to not share the material blessings I have, which are many, or the spiritual blessings I have, which are even greater? Am I worried that there won’t be enough goods to go around if I give some away? Am I afraid I will look foolish if I share Jesus with someone and they reject me?
During a recent holiday weekend, 13 Can-Do servants went to Port Isabel to serve with Pastor Weber. We were blown away by the generosity of our host family and the members at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. They blessed our socks off with their generosity and we came home encouraged to live to give!
God’s Word encourages us to be generous and share what we have. Christ was the ultimate example of this as he gave his life to save us from our sins (including my sin of selfishness.) As you meditate on these verses, may the Holy Spirit create in you an attitude of glorious generosity!
“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,” 1 Timothy 6:18.
“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.” Proverbs 14:31
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
"To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:22-23