Shares Well With Others

John Koedyker

READ : Jonah 4:1-4

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. (v. 1)

Are you good at sharing what you have with others? I must admit that in my younger years I wasn’t. Whenever I had something, I tended to want to keep it all to myself. When I got married, my wife helped me by encouraging me to share what I had—a slice of pie, a tool, or even our home. She continually reminded me that Christians are supposed to share.

But we don’t always feel like it, do we? Jonah didn’t feel like sharing the blessings of the covenant with these rotten Gentiles in Nineveh. They weren’t like his people. They didn’t really know God like the Hebrews did. They didn’t really belong in the kingdom of God.

Sometimes Christians can think that way too. We become inward-focused. We forget about sharing the good news with those outside the Christian community. We may heartily sing, “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations,” but we rarely get outside of our own small circle.

The important question to ask is, “Who are we here for—ourselves or others?” The Bible’s answer has to be, “For others.” Jonah was having a problem with that. He wasn’t very good at sharing the blessings of his faith. Are you?


Lord, help me not to hoard the gospel to myself but to share it joyfully with someone today. Amen.