Share and Be Fair

Read

Luke 3:10-14 (CEB)
10The crowds asked him, “What then should we do?”
11He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must share with the one who has none, and whoever has food must do the same.”
12Even tax collectors came to be baptized. They said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?”
13He replied, “Collect no more than you are authorized to collect.”
14Soldiers asked, “What about us? What should we do?”
He answered, “Don’t cheat or harass anyone, and be satisfied with your pay.”

Reflect

In today’s passage we read an exchange between John the Baptist and the group of people who had gathered to hear him preach. God had called John into ministry to prepare the people for the arrival of the Messiah, Jesus. He preached repentance. He told the people that they were to confess their sins and change their lives so that they were more pleasing to God. The people wanted to know what they could do to better honor God.

John’s answer was, “share and be fair.” He told the tax collectors to stop cheating people with overcharges. He told the soldiers to stop using their power to extort money from helpless citizens. And he told everybody to share their own resources with those in need. His basic message was that we are to use the things we have—whether it’s authority, influence, or material possessions—to the benefit of others.

Respond

How can you honor God by using some of your blessings to benefit another?

Relate

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.