November 20, 2021

Sharing

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Proverbs 3:27
We all know it's wrong to steal. This, of course, involves outright theft. But it also involves what the Heidelberg Catechism refers to as scheming and swindling—activities that can often take place quite legally. Human beings were created with a conscience, and when we pay no heed to our conscience telling us something is wrong, we are no better than hyenas or vultures.

We were not just created to have a human conscience that tells us not to do right, but we were also created in God's image. Our calling is higher than just avoiding robbery, theft, scheming, and swindling. We are to go one step beyond what the eighth commandment explicitly forbids and actively share our resources with those in need. 

Remember, what we have is a gift of God. God has given the world enough for all. We blame God for want, but the needs of all could be met if those with too much would share with those who do not have enough. To do what is right—to provide for those who have not received their fair share—is to grow into the divine image in which we were created.

Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Forgive my selfishness, Lord. Give me grace to share what I have with someone who does not have enough.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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