Share Your Toys

by Stan Mitchell
babiesfight.jpg“It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains, or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me” (Philippians 1:7).
It happened this very Sunday in church. Two infants on the pew behind me began an age-old dispute, commencing naturally in the quietest of Lord’s Supper observations. “It’s mine!” one declared fiercely, so all would hear. “No!” the other replied in outrage. “That’s a toy for boys!” Of course church members smiled indulgently as parents picked the two combatants up, exited the auditorium, and gave the usual pep talk about the need to “share” our toys. I believe it happened to me a few times when I was that age, too. The pep talk was usually, well, reinforced with something more memorable, and painful.
But after the prayer I looked back. In the pew was a stack of dozens of toys, books, and amusements. It wasn’t as if the children had nothing else to play with and had to have that one toy, or no toy at all.
This is human, and not limited to two melodramatic infants! Notice that Paul was concerned about “sharing” the Gospel. The great thing about sharing this commodity is that there is a staggering abundance of God’s grace to go around. You won’t be shortchanged if you share.
The gospel is mine, and yours, and everyone else’s. So share!

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