Read Mark 6:31-46
Jesus had been teaching, and the people followed and listened. It seemed that they couldn’t get enough of Him. Now, they were out in a desert place, far from home, and their physical hunger became evident.
The disciples saw the need of the people – over 5000 people. They understood hunger, but how do you feed over 5000 people in the middle of the nowhere? They quickly determined ‘not my job’ and advised Jesus to send the people away.
Jesus, though, did not waver in the face of the immenseness of the task. Instead, He asked the disciples to take stock of their resources. Admittedly, their supplies were pitiful in the face of such need – just five small loaves and two fishes. They probably felt silly even bringing the meager fare to Jesus. Maybe they wanted to convince Him that feeding the crowd was not a good idea.
Jesus didn’t dismiss the offering, though. He started with what they had, and He blessed this meal to satisfy the hunger of all that were present. I know they were full, because the blessings, fragments, left at the end far exceeded what they had offered.
God still works this way today. He places us in areas of great need with people too needy and problems too big. When we look at our abilities and resources we realize how utterly impossible it is for us to effectively minister to and assuage the dearth we see. But when we fully offer our pitiful effort to Jesus, He takes our lack and miraculously multiplies it to feed hungry souls over and over again. When we look back we can’t seem to figure out how He did it; we just know that we and others are full, and the leftover blessings far exceed what we gave Him to use.
Ministry after ministry show us modern day occurrences of feeding the multitude, sometimes with food and sometimes with hope and grace.
As long as I focus on my inability, I remain unable to join in the feast. When I just get up and get started, working where Jesus is busy, I become a part of solution in a world of need.
II Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.