The gift of sharing our blessings is a wonderful gift. This is not a thing of today. Sharing what we have is as old as the history of man on earth. The believers in the early Church shared their possessions with one another. This enabled those who did not have also to have. No one ate alone to his fill when others did not have to eat No one had more than he needed if others did not have. They were each others’ keeper. We can read about this in Acts 4:32: “The group of believers was one in mind and heart. None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had…There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money received from the sale, and hand it over to the apostles; and the money was distributed to each one according to his need.”
We are invited to do as these early believers and share what we have with those who do not have. As someone has said, when God blesses us he has more than us in mind. He also has those who do not have; those who cannot fend for themselves; those who are handicapped; those who are desperate.
The command to think of those in need was given by the Lord Jesus Christ himself in the parable of the sheep and the goat when he says’ I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me…I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me…’
Jesus Christ is thus an example in sharing. He shared his time, his love, his life. He shared the joys and concerns of the people of his time. In sharing with those in need, we not only do as he has asked us to do but we emulate his example. Dear friend, let us cultivate the sharing spirit and share whatever blessings we have with those who are less fortunate than us. By sharing our blessings we make the world a better place for everybody.