Abundant life, Encouragement, faith, Leadership

You Feed Them

Sometimes when tasks seem like it impossible we step out in faith to see if it works.  Many times Jeff and I have went out on a limb so to speak and tried something new or against all odds.  One for instance is moving over 900 miles away, packing up the boys and living in our wilderness experience for a year.  We had prayed and asked God to sell our home if we were to move, the house sold within three hours of putting up the for sale sign.  Nevertheless, we literally took on the commission of ‘go’.  That was 17 years ago.  Call it crazy and yes some called us nuts, but we knew we had to go for only a year only to pack it all back up and move to McLean County our hometown.

Opening the church in Owensboro is another ‘go’ for us and a step in faith.  There are so many people needing God, needing encouragement, help in growing and strength to endure.  As pastor we do not take our walk as just a “job” but a calling.  Today as I was reading in Luke 9:12-15 it reminded me of what Jesus has told all of us to do.

New Living Translation (©2007)

Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there.Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!

Many times we may feel as though we are incapable or not equipped of what Jesus has for us to do but we must trust in His plan.  We may as the disciples thought, there is not enough or I can’t do this.  However as they stepped out in faith and obedience, with Jesus blessing their work, they were able to feed 5000 people.  Jesus’ words rang in my ear this morning and I smiled.  “You feed them”.  He will bless  your work as we share with others.  Why do people want to speak out or against what Jesus is trying to do?  Dividing the Kingdom is not what we are about but bringing unity.  I am sure the people who had business of selling food were pretty upset that day thinking 5000 people will be coming to purchase food at their little marketplace or street side corner.  People will always complain about what Jesus is doing because they don’t understand His ways.  It is about unity and feeding those things in which Jesus has blessed, and no one can fight against what He wants to do no matter where you are.  If God is for us, who can be against us? The kingdom will not stand if it divides itself. Mark 3:24 New International Version (©1984) If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Acts 5:39 New International Version (©1984) But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

So today, as you step out in faith or obedience, do not worry what others will say about you, just know that the work or the fruit you yield is from Jesus as He has already blessed it and handed it to you and said, “You feed them”.

Prayer:  Lord you made me smile this morning when you said, “You feed them”.  I will always try to lean on you for helping me try to understand your ways instead of doubting in my own ability.  I know in myself I can do nothing and it is only through your blessing the work you have set before us that makes it all worth it.  Thank you for feeding me this morning.  In the end, we all walk away with our bellies full.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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