Share abundantly

By Shannon McNeil Smith, Mission Advancement advocate

“I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit.” ~Philippians 1:25-27, NIV

Sharing abundantly is something I equate to this plentiful season of fresh garden produce – especially the hot peppers we have grown the last few years. My husband has dutifully tended the seedlings from winter until we can plant in June. The work continues all through the season and well into fall. Early frosts mean our garage is filled with a cornucopia of planters with hot peppers yet to be harvested. Some of these plants have produced so plentifully that we have freezer bags full of prepared peppers ready to make hot sauce and dehydrated peppers in the pantry ready to make spices. So much abundance that we have shared with neighbors and friends, getting to know them through what our garden and hard work produces.
Similarly, shouldn’t we ABUNDANTLY share God’s everlasting love and the peace of Christ?! It can be daunting, much more difficult than talking to someone about produce. Yet it might not always be in evangelizing words that we share our joy. We may share abundantly in acts of service, showing others how much they are loved by our Creator. We could share abundantly by listening and showing the faith that is needed to be filled with Christ’s peace.
We all have different gifts that allow us to share with others the abundance that we have as children of God. As we are many parts to one body, we are called to use our gifts to glorify God. This week use your gifts to share abundantly!

This reflection was originally featured on a bulletin produced by Brethren Press. Learn more about the missions and ministries of the Church of the Brethren that inspire us to share abundantly at or support our shared work today at

(Read this issue of eBrethren.)

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