How well do you share? Are you willing to help those in need? Are you willing to host others? Does sharing mean only giving any extra you may have? Does helping those in need mean only giving away your old and used items?
Some of us were taught to share as young children. Some were allowed to be selfish. But all can learn to share with others. It is a change of our attitude. There is no physical ability required nor special talent. It is all about our mindset—an attitude of scarcity or abundance.
As a child, I grew up poor. I didn’t really know it. It was not until I became an adult, heard some of my mother’s stories, and realized the challenges of supporting a family that I understood. But there was one thing I learned as a child from my mother and grandmother, you never skimped on sharing with a family member or friend.
If a family member or friend stopped by and we were eating, there was no asking. We simply grabbed another plate or two so they could sit and eat with us. It didn’t matter if we thought we may not have enough. The guest filled their plate first.
If a family member or friend needed clothing, a ride, or anything else we had, we gave it to them. There was no holding back. Perhaps it is the poor who truly know how to share because they truly know what it means to be in need.
Paul tells the church in Rome to share with their brothers and sisters in Christ. They were to be hospitable to them. In those days, there were no Motel 6’s every few blocks. So, a traveler would need to find a family who would host them in their home. The traveler may be a complete stranger, but if they were a member of the body of Christ, another member was to host them.
It seems the richer we have gotten, the more selfish we have gotten. We hoard clothing, jewelry, and food. We spend our money on more expensive items, seeking status. We have a bigger desire to stay current with the latest trends than to share with those in need.
I pray we all change our mindset toward sharing. I pray we share all we have with those in need. I pray each one of us will decide to host our brothers and sisters in Christ when needed. Share with others. Share your best with fellow Christians. Be willing to host fellow Christians. Change your attitude. Rid yourself of selfishness.
Romans 12:13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.