TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, May 17, 2019:
To engage in together; to give a part to; a joint enterprise; to use or participate in or receive jointly.
But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.
I Timothy 6:18.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It goes without saying that we are not born with a natural inclination to share. It becomes very evident to every parent early on that children need to be taught to share. Unfortunately, as children mature into adults, they often do not abide by what they may have been taught about sharing. It is human nature that makes this a sad reality.
The apostle Paul understood this when he was in prison waiting for his execution and was writing I and II Timothy. He was giving Timothy some final instructions to help him carry on his ministry. Paul well knew that Timothy would have to deal with Christians who were self-centered and selfish. Like children they would have to be taught to share and to do good.
In the New American Standard Bible translation, I Timothy 6:18 reads, “Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” For Paul to put the emphasis on sharing to Timothy it must have been an issue and important for Timothy to be alert to it.
The inclination to share comes as a result of our relationship with our Lord Jesus. His Holy Spirit works in us to cause us to love and care for others and gives us the desire to share with others. Down through the ages it has been the church, the body of believers, that have been the ones who have fed the hungry and sheltered the poor and encouraged the downtrodden and that is still true today.
Jesus knew that one of our real tests in seeing what our real depth of being yielded to Him was our willingness to share with others. If we have no mercy toward others it is safe to say that we have never experienced God’s mercy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson must have been reading the gauge of human mercy when he said, “What you are speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” Satan does not care how much you theorize about Christianity, or how much you profess to know about Christ. What Satan opposes is your dedication to live a Christ-like life by sharing your faith with others through your walk and your talk.
The best way to share your faith is to be an example. People are not as moved by what you say about your faith as they are in seeing how it is working in your life.
We are instructed in Hebrews 13:16 to “not forget to do good and to share with others.” Acts of kindness and sharing with others is not only pleasing to God but can open the door to an opportunity to share our faith.
Jesus wants us to reach out and share with others. No matter how little we may have in material wealth we can be rich in good deeds. Just an encouraging word or a helping hand can reap rich rewards. Jesus in turn will give you joy and happiness like you never have had before.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Ephesians 4:32.
Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Help me to understand that there is no greater joy that I can have then when I am sharing Your love with someone. Help me to continually offer up praise to God for all that has been given to me. Help me to be generous with all that You have blessed me with to help those in need.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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