Words from the Heart for Friday March 22nd, 2019
He [the Lord] has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.
1 Samuel 30:23-24 (NIV)
All Will Share Alike
Research released last May by the Canadian Marketing Association reveals that more than three-quarters of Canadians are pragmatic or unconcerned about sharing their personal data. This view is even more prevalent among Canadians millennials, at 86 per cent. According to John Wiltshire, the President and CEO of the Association, “The study tells us that three of four Canadians are willing to share personal data in order to receive benefits, as long as the data is properly protected. Higher rated benefits include free products and services, greater value for money, improved service and tailored offers.
Jesus tells the parable about the workers who all got paid the same no matter what time of the day they started work. To the world this seems inequitable. But in the Kingdom of God, where eternal life is a free gift, it makes perfect sense. There is a story in the Old Testament that supports this principle. David and 600 soldiers have been fighting battles, and as they head into a battle with the Amalekites, 200 of the men say they are too tired to go on, so David let’s them rest. The other 400 press on and win the battle, returning with the loot. The 400 do not want to share the plunder of victory, but David says this in 1 Samuel 30:23-24: “”He [the Lord] has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.”” Christians understand that all we have comes from the Lord, so we ought to find it easy to share.
These have been words from the heart.