Thursday, December 10, 2020

Caring and Sharing - Martin Wiles

And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:16 NLT

Though only three, he cared and shared.

I had to sell admission tickets for an after-school softball game—part of my responsibility as a teacher. My wife and my daughter’s two boys decided to keep me company. Having nothing to play with, the boys soon amused themselves by digging in the dirt with rocks they found.

Before long, Colton, the youngest, ran up to us with a small toy in his hand. “Look what I found, Pop.”

“What is it?” I asked.

“It’s a unicorn,” he said proudly and ran off to rejoin his brother in their archaeological endeavors.

Then, we noticed him doing something peculiar. Each time a person walked by—friend or stranger, it mattered not—he stopped them, showed them his toy, and asked, “Do you know who this belongs to?” When they said no, he returned to his playing and waited for the next person to walk by.

Of course, he never discovered who had lost the minuscule toy, and we took it home for him. Meme promised to clean it up so he could keep playing with it. But his kindness and tender heart touched us. He wanted to share his discovery with everyone, but he also wanted to make sure the rightful owner got the toy back.

In his concluding words to his readers, the writer of Hebrews reminds them to do good for others and to share with those who have needs. Both are sacrifices that please God.

When we have discovered complete forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ—something of great value—we should share the news with others, as my grandson shared his new discovery. Keeping the good news to ourselves violates Jesus’ final command to His followers to take the message of His love and forgiveness to the world.

And once we discover this pearl of great price, we’ll also want to intervene in others’ lives. Needs they have, we’ll try to meet. We appreciate so much what God has done for us that we want to do for others—as my grandson searched diligently for the owner of the lost toy.

When you’ve unearthed the best news in the world, care enough to share it with someone else.

Prayer: Father, give us the desire to share the good news of Your love with others.

Tweetable: How much are you willing to pay to share? 

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