"Sharing Is Caring" - Matthew 25:31-45

     On a Saturday morning, I headed into a coffee shop with my 2-year-old son. Before entering the store, a man stood near the door and was asking for money or something to eat. I have to be honest, nearly every time I encounter someone asking for food or money I have an internal war waging inside: “Should I give this person money? Will I be doing harm or good for this person?” How would I respond today? 

     After I enjoyed my iced coffee and after my son enjoyed his cake pop, I decided to put some money on a gift card and give it to the man asking for help outside the door. I asked my son to give the gift card to the man and say, “God bless you.” He did that and added a “Have a nice day.” What a proud dad moment.

     En route to our next errand, I tried explaining to my son why we had given that man a gift card. I told him that we gave the man money so he could get something to eat and drink. The man did not have any money to get something for himself, so we gave him some money so he could get something to eat and drink. Then, my son spoke up and simply said, “Yeah. I shared with that man. He is hungry. I shared, Dadda!” After a moment of shock and conviction, I could only respond with, “Yes you did, Son.”

     I was so impressed and inspired by what my son had just said. I thought I was the one that who was supposed to teach him. But, he was the one that taught me.  It is so amazing when God uses my son to speak words of wisdom to me. Immediately, I thought of Matthew 25:31-45 (Judgment of the Nations).

     What this helped me realized is that it’s not about giving someone something of my own (money, food, time, etc.). What I have is really not mine at all. God has given me everything that I need and more specifically for the purpose of sharing! That includes, money, food, time, sympathy, hope, faith, and LOVE. Our cup overflows for a reason…to share with others. 

     Hopefully this message has inspired you to rethink Matthew 25:40:

“Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.”

I pray that this has encouraged you to live out your faith in unexpected ways. I know it’s sappy, but it’s true: “Sharing is caring!”

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