Saturday, August 22, 2009

What Can I Share?

The Savior taught us to follow Him and to do what He does. Most of the things He did are very apparent. We should be obedient to God. We should teach and help others. And we should love one another just like Jesus did. But other things He did are much more subtle.

One of the subtle things I have been thinking about is the fact that Jesus was always concerned with what He could give to others—never with what He could get from others. In today’s world everywhere you look people are crying out, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” They want rights and privileges. They want status and money. They want pleasure and easiness. And they cry out for these things to be given to them with the least amount of effort on their part. Young people choose for their heroes some of the loudest of these selfish people.

But Jesus was all about sharing. Of the 45 miracles he performed 19 were requested by the person or friends or family, and in two the unclean spirit within the person actually asks Him not to perform the miracle and in the remaining 24, Jesus simply sees a need and works His power to heal and help.

This is an important thing to realize if we want to be like Him. But it is also important because when we are always crying out “Gimme!” the universe seems to pull away from us and withhold all that is good. But when we cry out, “How can I share?” the universe seems to open up and share all it has to offer. We get back what we give out.


Wendi said...

"...Jesus simply sees a need and works His power to heal and help." That is really impressive. I want to work on noticing the needs more often. Thanks for sharing this insight. :)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, Thank you. It is all so simple, isn't it!