For those of us with children and grandchildren, we’ve heard at least one of the above statements—or some variation of them. We’ve struggled with the challenge of teaching them to share with siblings, friends, and strangers. Although they aren’t married, the old saying applies: “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.”
Selfishness doesn’t always leave after childhood. Not learning to share early in life leads to selfishness in adulthood. But as adults, the toys are bigger, and the consequences of selfishness are more acute.
I admit my periodic selfishness. Being a collector of old and new books, I’ve frequently had other people want to borrow some of them. The wheels in my mind turn before I answer, “Yes.” Will they take care of it, spill coffee on it, let their dog chew it up, or their kids tear it up? So, I often think up a reason to decline their request. “I use that book a lot,” “I don’t loan my books,” or “I know where you can get a copy cheap.”
David had a personal connection with God: “The LORD is my shepherd” (23:1 KJV). But his relationship didn’t lead to selfishness. The Lord was his God, but many other people were connected to David’s God, too, and God answered their prayers just as he did David’s. He also protected and guided them, as he did David.
God’s plan was always that he be shared with everyone, so all can enjoy his love, guidance, and provision. He wasn’t just David’s God. He belongs to anyone willing to repent of their sins and trust him in faith.
When we do, God wants us to share him with those who haven’t. And we can by the practical selfless things we do every day.
Are you sharing God with others or keeping him to yourself?
Martin Wiles is an author, teacher, and freelance editor currently residing in Greenwood, South Carolina. He and his wife Michelle are founders and editors of Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles has authored Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning,Morning Serenity, Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), Authentic Christianity (Smashwords) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), and Rise (Chaplain Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and also written for LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper,Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, and Power for Living. He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, and PCC Daily Devotions, and is a regular contributor for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.