John 16:13-15 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
The word for today is sharing. Sharing is something that must be taught in a Christian home, it must be taught because sharing is contrary to the culture in which we live. Our culture teaches that we are what we have, that is we are was is exclusively ours. What’s mine is mine is mine. In our culture we do not generally speak about sharing a game, but winning a game – winning is about owning something exclusively. Things have changed in sports, what I remember was the importance of good sportsmanship, and we cheered the other team in recognition of the game we had shared together, we enjoyed the game, and it wouldn’t have been possible without them, and it is right to thank them, regardless of who won. The problem is that I don’t hear this these days, and what I do hear is a lot of win at all costs – because, to use the proverb of our culture – winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. That does not leave any room for sharing.
Given the changes in the world, what is it that makes sharing important? Sharing is important because sharing flows from the love of God which is ours in Jesus Christ. Quite simply, if we do not have a share in Jesus death, neither do we have a share in Jesus resurrection from the dead. These things are not ours because we won them, Jesus won them. These things are not ours because we purchased them, Jesus suffering and death purchased and won them. Jesus shares these things with us in love, by grace – an undeserved gift. Sharing comes from the love of God which is ours in Christ. We learn to share because Jesus shares with us.
But there is more to it than that – sharing is also part of who God is. We believe in one God, in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We speak of God the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth – and yet God tells us that the Son and the Holy Spirit also shared in creation. In other words, God doesn’t define himself in terms of what’s mine exclusively, the 3 persons of the Trinity share with each other in a way that we do not fully understand. Each has a primary area, and so we can talk about the Father and Creation, the Son and Redemption, and the Holy Spirit and Sanctification, but Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification are shared, each has a part, but it is never exclusive.
For example, at Jesus baptism, both the Father and the Spirit were present, the same is true at the Transfiguration, but only the Son died on the cross. And on the third day, Jesus rose. By whose power? By the power of the Father, and by his own power – they share in the resurrection. And when Jesus promises to send us the Holy Spirit, again it is shared, sometimes he can speak of the Father sending the Spirit, sometimes he can speak of his own sending of the Spirit, for part of the nature of God is sharing. That is why sharing is so important, because God is sharing, and God has shared with us a very special gift, whereby he has declared that we are his children, we are the children of God. So it is that Christians share, because it is something we have learned from God.
You see, the church is all about sharing, if believers hadn’t shared their faith with us, if they had not shared with us the gospel, if they had not shared with us the word of God, we would not have heard, and the Holy Spirit would not have been able to work faith in our heart and we would not be saved – because we never would have heard about what Jesus did on the cross.
And that brings us back to who God is, because our God is so big, that we could share him with everyone, and there would not be less, instead there would be more – because that also is the nature of God – He is so big, that we cal all be filled with God, and there is still more God – the more we share him, the more his presence fills the world. And that is why sharing is important, because God began by sharing his love for us, when he created us, and when he redeemed us, and even before that, God was sharing, that’s why there can be 1 God in 3 persons – because God really knows what sharing is.