On Sunday evenings I’m teaching our students a series called One Another: Why Gospel Community Means So Much More than Just Getting Along. Each week I am teaching on a different “one-another” commandment we find in Scripture – what it entails, how we can put it to work in our lives, and where to find the motivation to obey it. This past week we explored the church’s need to share with one another.
Hebrews 13:16 tells us, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Due to the fact that I was speaking to students, and students are usually broke, we had a discussion about being creative in sharing with the body of Christ when you don’t have a lot of cash. I’m not one who thinks Christian students are somehow exempt from giving to their local church family from the money they do have, but I also understand that there are things that students possess in greater quantity that they can give more amply. So I asked the group what they could give beyond their finances. They came back with some great answers like free time, manual labor, baby-sitting for free, and the knowledge they are getting from their education.
In giving them the charge to be creative in their sharing, I thought of a man who recently told me about an idea he’s working on. This man, unlike me, is particularly knowledgeable about tools and their correct usage. As a guy who owns many tools he wants to come together with other guys who own tools and create a tool library. Each man is asked to turn in a list of the tools he would be willing to lend to other men in the church and a comprehensive list is created, complete with each tool’s location and the contact info of the lender. Once the list is complete and the word gets out, the men in the church know to call the tool librarian who will point them to the right individual with the right tool.
We should all contribute our money, but for those of us who don’t have as much green as others, generosity does not have to end when the budget is maxed out. Spend some serious time thinking of a creative way to share with your brothers and sisters in the church. Why? Because through Jesus the Father has “qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” and he lovingly disciplines you so that you “may share his holiness” (Colossians 1:12 and Hebrews 12:10).