What’s The Most Powerful Thing To Share? Hint: It’s Not Money

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Posted: May 15, 2019 11:17 AM
What’s The Most Powerful Thing To Share? Hint: It’s Not Money

Source: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

We are badgered to share our wealth, whether in our churches or through the political system.  But the sharing must come from our heart, not through the coercion of the state – or the church for that matter.  Besides, just sharing wealth, while at times perhaps necessary, is not good enough to build a strong society.  History has proven this over and over again.  There is something much more powerful and even more personal to share.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.   Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.[1]

This is sharing your efforts, wisdom, and experience, not just sharing your wealth, but your wealth of knowledge – “to be rich in good deeds.”  We are to maintain our focus on God and the gifts He has given to us.   It is not enough to “give a man a fish and feed him for a day,” nor is it good enough to “teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”[2]  We must:

Teach a man to teach others to fish, and feed the world.

This lesson and action is the most powerful way we have to spread liberty, freedom, and prosperity, not only to our fellow citizens in the United States, but to spread the ideas of the Great Experiment around the world.   The Training Within Industry (TWI) program during WWII called this the Multiplier Effect, and it was very powerful (see Roots of Lean: TWI).  We all have been gifted in a variety of ways which we can share and teach to others so that they can take those lessons and share the skills and knowledge with others.  This action should beam out from America in all directions.

[1] Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), New International, 1 Timothy 6: 17-18, p. 3038.  Referenced by Pastor Dan Busse, February 27, 2011, “Fearing of Not Having Enough,” sermon, (Pendleton Christian Church, Pendleton, IN).  

[2] Chinese proverb.