God provides but asks us to participate

 

A devotion from earlier this year, that was part of a series in the lead-up to the 40th birthday of the Uniting Church in Australia…

Scripture Verse

Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.” (Matthew 14:16-19)

Reflection

In the story of the Feeding of the 5000, Jesus took what the disciples had, made sure that it would be enough (in fact, more than enough), and then gave it back to the disciples to distribute to the people. Notice that: Jesus worked with what was already there and then had the disciples interact with the crowds. And the disciples weren’t particularly ‘special’ people, they hadn’t done any study, or been in a previous leadership position, they weren’t people of a certain age or social status or stereotype. The disciples were simply people who had said “yes” to Jesus’ command to “Follow me”.

We need to trust that God will use whatever it is that we have, and that when it is entrusted into his hands it will be more than enough. And we need to be open to see that there are people around us that God is calling to participate with him in his work, who are ready to distribute the fullness of what God provides with the ‘crowds’ that are around them.

Prayer

God, open our eyes to see you where we are. May we see what is possible when we entrust things into your hands, for you have the power to multiply them. May we trust that what we have is enough. May we acknowledge those around us who are saying “yes” to your command to “follow me”, and who are participating in your work. May we encourage them, and be on the lookout for others who may need a reminder that they themselves are enough, in God’s hands, to participate too. Be with us today.

Amen.

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