Monday, October 29, 2007

Cookie Monster?


You’re playing in the backyard with five of your friends. Mom steps out the back door and hands you a plate of twelve cookies. What do you do? Six for you and one for each of your buddies? Twelve for you and none for them? What do you think mom had in mind when she handed you twelve cookies in a yard with six kids?

Perhaps mom was implying that resources are to be shared. And maybe she would go so far as to say, “Hoarding, unless y’re a squirrel, is a shameful thing”.

Here is the Apostle Paul talking about rich people and how they should use their God given resources to serve others. And, by the way, he’s talking to you and me. Because if you are reading or listening to this devotion on a computer, (and you are) then you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people on earth. So, as folks with a plate full of cookies, let’s pay attention to Paul who wrote to Timothy in 1 Tim 6:18, “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.”

Share what you have; time, money cookies. Whether you realize it or not, you have been given a lot. Use what you have for good. Hamsters hoard. Two year olds are stingy. But children of the living God give till it hurts. Kids of the King go out of their way to provide for others because they are overcome by the fact that God gave His Son for them.

What are you doing with your cookies? Making excuses?
“Well, their really not very good”
“I really don’t have that many.”
“Lot’s of people have way more cookies than I do”

Listen, one day soon we will stand before the great Baker in the Sky and give an account for what we did with the goodies he gave us. I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my life in the yard twisting apart Oreos with people who were not handed a plate of their own.

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