December 15

Luke 3:7-14

“In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’” vs. 11

The crowds were shaken by John’s pointed words. He wasn’t impressed by piety and good intentions and preached that true repentance required fruits. And when the people asked him what he thought they should do he told them plainly. And it wasn’t rocket science! “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none…” His prescription for kingdom living cannot be misunderstood and was endorsed by Jesus. At this time of the year his message is even reinforced by the culture. Charities and non-profits flood our mailboxes with countless pleas for funds…we’re told again and again that this is the season for sharing. And so we do. Many of us can be counted on to give generous gifts to help the poor and hungry. It’s a part of our holiday tradition! We do it not to win points with Jesus, but because it’s what people of faith do. We have been called, not to hoard our cash in savings and investment funds, but to share our bounty with people in need. Of course such sharing is a way of life for followers of Jesus and not just a seasonal thing. Day by day, year after year, we can be counted on to bear the fruits befitting repentance. It’s not a recipe for getting wealthy but it is most certainly a blessing for humanity!

Thought for the Day: Who benefits most from my seasonal sharing?

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