For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
The ability to share, a grand development in the human condition, rarely comes easily to beings whose first words often express the heartfelt condition of the inner being, “No!” and “Mine!” So the vocabulary of most children centers around an acute sense of self-preservation or the more profane, “Looking out for number one.” Sharing rarely simply appears. It is an acquired way of ‘being and doing’, a learned art form, appearing only in the later stages of human development.
But soon after the quest after the Serving King begins, the call to share echoes through the canyons, beckoning all daring to follow Him, to prepare for HIs way of ‘being and doing’, the art of sharing, disengaging from those things hindering the quest after the Serving King. The novice, loaded down, unschooled in the difficulties of chasing after the Serving King, too often ignores the echo, shaking off the challenge to disentangle, to share. The terrain ahead challenges even the lightest load and cripples the heavy loaded, those slow to disengage from stuff.
Stuff insidiously embeds itself in the very being of those attempting to trek over the steepest grades, long tentacles tenaciously woven around each and every lose fiber of being. Exhausted novices have little chance of sharing, ridding themselves of the stuff so easily entangling. But the novice is never alone in their exhaustion and despair. However, the Spirit of the Serving King comes to empower the exhausted, to sever the tentacles of stuff, to enable the novice to lighten the load, to share, and move forward under the lighter load.
So they become pleased to make some contribution to the poor, liberated from stuff, fleet of foot, freed from the burdensome weight of stuff. No, the terrain has not lessened, sloped downhill, nor even flattened out. The novice has simply shared as they chase on…