“The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders; and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp. They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent; yet the spirit came to rest on them also, and they prophesied in the camp. So, when a young man quickly told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp,’ Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said, ‘Moses, my lord, stop them.’ But Moses answered him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets! Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!’” -Numbers 11:25-29
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” -1 Peter 4:10
In Numbers, we see that some men are upset that God gave two men the gift of prophesy, even though these men weren’t in the tent, weren’t doing it right like everyone else who received the gift. Numbers reminds us that we should be grateful for anyone who receives blessings, no matter what the situation.
And 1 Peter reminds us that we can’t just take in God’s gifts and accept them apathetically, hoarding them for ourselves. God blesses each of us with gifts! These gifts are to be cherished and appreciated. Not only that, they are to be SHARED.
It is best when we:
1. Praise God for the gifts that He generously provides all of His people.
2. Go out and share these gifts with others.
Pope Francis in his recent speech to US Congress says this:
”Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.”
What gifts we receive, we need to give back out to our neighbors. What blessings we value, we need to realize the value of them to other people.
We need to embrace gratitude and joy for every gift that God provides the world.
We need to stop comparing, stop complaining, stop acting jealous, stop being selfish. I admit that sometimes I see a friend blessed with something special and feel a twinge of sadness and jealousy. Instead, I need to see all the good in my own life, see that my life is just as special. I need to realize that my friend deserves happiness just as much as me, and I should rejoice with her in her blessing. We need to be more happy for each other and share in our blessings.
Remember to love. Embrace God’s gifts and SHARE! We are a part of one big body of Christ. We need to share our gifts, share God’s goodness with those around us, so that the whole body can be nourished by good.
Lord, I am grateful for what You have given me today! And I am happy that You gave my neighbor gifts as well. May we rejoice together for all the gifts that You provide, and may we share Your gifts and blessings with each other. Amen.