This may seem ridiculous, but what seems to play in my heart to share comes from an odd dream I had this morning. In this dream I was an owner of a pretty good-sized aquarium from the looks of it. I reached into the water (who knows why) and a blue tang bit and latched onto my finger, and many other smaller fish came from all over the aquarium to my hand in attack mode.
They were hungry, and I had neglected them. They were starving; though I didn't offer food, they were ready to eat what came to them.
How many long for what we have, yet we simply forget to share the Bread of life? How many thirst for a drink from the well within us, yet we withhold out of fear of rejection?
“Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns."
I realize that not all are teachers, and not all are preachers. All of us do, however, contain life within us, if indeed Christ dwells in us by His Spirit. If we withhold this life from those who are spiritually dead, it is as if we are dangling the keys in front of one locked up in bondage. How cruel to know what will set one free, yet refuse to share this knowledge! How cruel to hold the Bread of life within us, yet refuse to offer it to those who are starving!
I understand that not all will want what we offer, and I recognize that this indeed has held me back from sharing in the past. Remember it is not our responsibility to digest for them, only to set them a place at the table.
Father, please don't let us neglect those You love by walking by as they starve for You. Even if they don't recognize that their hunger is for You, may we always be willing to offer Your love for them to taste. In Jesus' Name. Amen.