“Mine!” Our toddler says “Mine!” even for things which don’t belong to him. A couple of times when he held on to something which belonged to me, I grabbed one of his stuffed toys and said, “Mine”. Immediately, he would come after me to make an exchange.
Do we have the same problem sharing with others? Do we sometimes act like children and say “Mine”? Jesus said, “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:30, 31). Just as we want others to share with us, we must be willing to share too.
The author of Hebrews explains why sharing is a good thing. “…for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16). Paul’s words about the rich can also apply to us, “Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18).
There were times when our toddler would say “no” when his Dad asked for some of what he was eating yet he would expect his Dad to share his food.
We are told to “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). While he is still young, we are going to teach our toddler the importance of sharing. And we have remind ourselves that we too should share and not expect anything in return. The kind of sharing that God expects from His children is found in Isaiah 58. “Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help” (Isaiah 58:7, New Living Translation).
Jesus shared God’s love with others. He shared God’s message of grace and the Gospel of salvation. He fed 5000 hungry people with a little boy’s lunch. The demoniac was given clothes after Jesus restored him to his right mind. Paul quoted Jesus as saying that it is more of a blessing to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
Sharing shows that we care and this is a lesson not only for my toddler but for all of us.