“Sharing Cookies” - Sandra Fischer
“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. . .” (Hebrews 13:16 NLT)
Years ago, the mother of a college dorm-mate of mine sent packages of special cookies to her, instructing her to share them. They were delicious treasures and, occasionally, she would share them, if we begged her. Most of the time, she hid them, saving them for herself.
I heard a sermon recently exhorting us to share Christ by proclaiming the gospel. I thought about those cookies our friend was reluctant to share and how much we wanted them. The connection? We are not to keep what we possess in Christ hidden away for ourselves, but we are to make known the heavenly riches with which we are blessed. God, like the “cookie maker”, commands us to share the message of salvation with lost beggars, unlike the “cookie hoarder”, who hid the treasures for herself.
Paul said it this way: “‘Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’ But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?’” (Romans 10:13-14 NLT)
Our world is full of people hungering for truth, for grace, for nourishment to feed their souls. We need to reach out to them and share the glorious treasure we have. “. . . if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” (1 Peter 3:15 NLT) Sharing cookies is good for temporary gratification, but sharing the gospel offers eternal fulfillment.
“Father, fill us to overflowing with the treasure in Christ you have given us.”
Sandra is a Faithwriters Platinum member, author of “Seasons in the Garden.” Contact