What would you do first if you were super rich?
Jesus owns everything.
And he controls everything.
The whole universe belongs to God the Father, and to Jesus the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. And God shares everything with us. He shared his Son, Jesus with us, and he shares the whole world with us too! And that is why we can share everything with each other and not be jealous.
Listen to how Paul says it here to the Corinthians (who were very jealous):
1 Corinthians 3:21-23. 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas (Peter) or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Here’s what Paul is saying: Everything is God’s. Jesus is God’s. You are Jesus’. Therefore, everything is yours.
Imagine being so rich that your money never runs out. You can buy anything you want or need whenever you want or need to. If you were that rich would it be easier or harder to share your money? Would it be easier or harder to help others?
The answer should be that it would be easier. Why? Because you never have to worry about running out of money.
Our life with God is the same thing. We have everything we could ever need or want in Jesus. And if that is true, then why would we ever pick sides, or favorites, or not share, or be greedy, or jealous of others?
Here’s a very important thing that every Christian must learn: God has given us the world. Not so that we would love the world the most, but so that we would love God and others the most by enjoying everything in the world. Sports. Games. Music. Stories. Friends. Nature. Ideas. Science. Food. Money. Houses. Cars. Toys. Family. These are all gifts from God for us to enjoy, but not to worship. To share and not hold on to. To help others with, not to hurt others with.
And when you can start to see everything as a gift from God, without it becoming your god, then everything can be “no big deal.” Your team might win or it might lose, but it’s “no big deal” because you still have Jesus and all his gifts. Your favorite toy might get broken, but it’s “no big deal” because you still have Jesus and all his gifts. Your friends might even be mean to you, but it’s “no big deal” because you still have Jesus and all his gifts and you can still be kind to your friends even when they aren’t kind.
Remember, when “all things are yours” you don’t have to be selfish anymore. You can live a life like Jesus did full of love and sharing.
Because of Jesus God has shared everything with us.
With Jesus we can live a life full of love and sharing.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Spend some time together as a family enjoying what God has given to us – nature, music, a good story, each other, play.
Think of something that you can share with someone else. How can you share a gift from God with someone this week?
You are the greatest sharer ever. Help me to share what you have given to me with others, especially your grace and love.
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