How freely do you share your gifts? Do you share them openly and freely? Or do you hold on to them tightly for your own use? Have you thought that by not sharing you are hurting yourself? Perhaps it is worth thinking about.
Sharing is something most of us are taught as children, especially if we grew up with siblings. We learn to share toys. We learn to share clothes. We learn to share food. We learn that sharing and cooperating with one another makes things go much smoother.
When we share our gifts, we help ourselves. Do you believe that? You should. We are told in today’s passage that our own righteousness endures forever when we scatter our gifts. We will be lifted in honor for sharing the gifts God has given us.
I remember going to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina to help muck out houses. We went to help others with their recovery. We were blessed more than those folks. We heard their amazing stories. They touched our souls. We experienced amazing togetherness. We saw sights we would have never seen before. And to think we will be blessed beyond that because we scattered our gifts, shared what we could do for others!
Each of us are gifted differently for specific purposes. God’s expectation is that we share the gifts we have been blessed with. I can just imagine him sitting in heaven looking down on us just a parent looks at a child and saying, “Share with your brother. Let your sister play with it, too.”
I pray we all scatter our gifts. I pray we share our gifts in the way God intended them to be. I pray each one of us will recognize our gifts and their purpose, then share them for God’s purposes. Know your gifts. Use them for good. Use them to help others. Share your gifts for God’s purpose.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn will be lifted high in honor.