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We talked about sharing in Bible class last night. Seems like a word for preschoolers, but God talks to adults about it all over the Bible. Consider these verses:


* Luke 3:11 John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”


* Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.


* Romans 12:13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.


* 1 Timothy 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share


* Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

I love the word “share” because it’s easy to convince people to do it—it’s a moral imperative. Even small children are expected to share.

For some reason we think of sharing differently than giving, but they’re just about the same thing—they require a spirit of selflessness and generosity.

In class we defined sharing as giving our extra to someone who doesn’t have enough. Simple, right? John makes it much harder when he says “He who has two tunics” is the guy with extra. Two tunics? My guess is you’ve got a few more than two shirts hanging in your closet.

I bet we all have a little more extra than we might guess.