Second Sunday of Easter
From “Sitting on the Rainbow”
Scripture Reference: Acts 4:32-35
Preparation: You may bring a brown lunch bag containing a treat or stickers to share with the children at the end of your message.
If you were sitting down to lunch at school and you saw that the person sitting next to you didn’t have anything to eat, what might you do? (Let children respond.) You could share your food, couldn’t you? It’s good to share.
I’m sure that everyone here has at one time or another shared with someone else. And we’ve each received something that someone else has shared with us. (You may offer your own story of sharing or receiving here. My example follows.)
A man who was almost bald visited the family of a good friend. He had just a little fringe of hair around the back of his head. The youngest daughter in the family had lots of thick hair that hung down past her waist. “What beautiful hair!” commented the nearly bald man. He then added, with a smile, “You have so much hair, and I have so little . . . couldn’t you give me just a little bit of that hair?” The man, of course, was joking and thought the girl knew that he was joking. But the little girl took his request to heart. “It really isn’t fair,” she thought, “that I have so much hair, and he has so little.” So the girl found some scissors and cut off a nice chunk of her hair. Then, beaming with pleasure, she brought her gift down to the guest.
The man did not mean for the girl to cut her hair and share it with him. But she did this; she shared her hair with someone who needed hair. Some people are very good at sharing. I’ve watched kids share their toys, clothes, food, and many other things. So many of you are good at sharing smiles and kind words and even hugs.
One of the Bible readings for today talks about sharing. The believers in the early church shared everything they had. Acts 4 says, “All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared everything they had. . . . There was no poverty among them, because people who owned land or houses sold them and brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need” (vv. 32, 34-35 NLT).
The early believers were so good at sharing what they had that there wasn’t a needy person among them. Because everybody shared, everyone had what was needed. If we ask, God will help us also become experts at sharing. And, like many things we do, the more we practice sharing, the better we become at it. So remember to practice sharing this week and see how good you become at it. Don’t forget to ask God to help you!
Prayer: Teach us to be generous with all the gifts that you have given us, Lord. Help make us experts at sharing with others.