It’s day 18 of the Write 31 day challenge, but only in number. I have been out of town and did not get to schedule ahead OR write while I was gone. So I’m catching up. Obviously, this 31 day Challenge will now go into November for me.
All that to say…the 18th Five Minute Free prompt is:
I am once again starting with the definition – both the use of SHARE as a noun and a verb:
the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group
one of the equal fractional parts into which the capital stock of a joint-stock company or a corporation is divided
to divide and distribute in shares; apportion
to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly
I keep an index card on the wall over my desk that I read at least once a day. It has Colossians 1:9-13 written on it. Several years ago I was encouraged to really study the book of Colossians. I did but I got stuck in Chapter 1 for a long time. When I got to verses 9 – 13, I just had to spend extra time there. Here is what is says:
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
I realize that there is a lot in these verses but one of the things that stuck out to me was in verse 12 where it says,
…qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Isn’t that cool? God himself qualifies us to SHARE in the inheritance of the saints. He wants us to “have the full or proper portion”. He wants us to “participate in, enjoy, receive” His inheritance.
I think about how I emphasized to my kids over and over again to SHARE. And I wanted them to. I really, really did. But in light of eternity my focus should have always, always been to teach them to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col 1:10). To be “strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” (Col 1:11) so that they can SHARE in the inheritance offered to anyone who believes and confesses the Lord as Savior.
So this post may or may not have really focused on the word SHARE. But how could I not SHARE the good news of what Christ does for us?
Until tomorrow…Joy to You!
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