Do You Want To Share?

If you grew up with siblings, you certainly remember your parents encouraging you to share?  Recently I was at the church on a Friday evening for a Basketball game.  It was half-time and a young man was walking across the court with some candy in his hand.  I asked this nice young man, “Would you like to share your skittles with me?”  Quickly the response came with actions and words.  He said, “No, very nicely,” as he pulled the candy close to him.

In life, there will always be a struggle with sharing things that we greatly enjoy.  And whats even worse is that we fail to understand how we could possibly be as happy with less.

Consider Paul’s words to Timothy in II Timothy 1:8, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.”

As I read the book of II Timothy I became keenly aware that Paul was seeking to encourage Timothy to continue to faithfully deliver the gospel.  But in doing so Paul encourages Timothy to share!  What does he ask him to share?  The answer may surprise you, “Share in suffering for the gospel.”

The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will demand a life that causes us to not only share in the joy of salvation, the wonder of sanctification, but also in suffering for our faith.  Certainly we love the first part, we grow in the second part, but the last part we would rather not share.  But be assured it is a part of your Christian life.

Paul makes this even more clear in II Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” The fact is, you are a light in a dark world, and a dark world does not want to come to the light.  A dark world wants to put the light out and because you are a light reflector, you are a target.

Certainly, you know this?  Consider your job and how daily it can be tough to live for God.  Consider your family, even though each may know Christ, daily the old nature tries to fight against the light.  You can find yourself hurting so much at home and you wonder what am I going through.

Brothers and sisters, do not lost heart in what you are going through.  Consider the following, “You are sharing in suffering.”  If a person is sharing in something, it suggests they are not alone. In reality you have a partner or maybe many partners.  Here is what Paul wrote, “Yet from them all the Lord rescued me,” 3:11.  “But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the Lion’s mouth,” 4:17.

When we share in suffering for the gospel, we are sharing life with Christ and we are promised victory in Christ.  So take heart, you are sharing suffering with the King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s.  Oh what an honor and oh what joy awaits as victory will come in Jesus name.

2 Responses to “Do You Want To Share?”

  1. Brenda Barbos Says:

    Thanks Brother Keith. Very helpful reminder today! Enjoying your blogs.

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