When Jesus Says “Do something”

Feeding the Multitude

By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five–and two fish.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. (Mark 6:35-44 NIV)

The disciples had just come off a local missionary journey.  They were tired but the needs of the people were great. When the need arose, Jesus said “Do something.” The disciples reply was immediately “We don’t have the resources for that.” Sound familiar?  We are busy.  We are tired. There are many needs all around us.  When Jesus says “Do something” we say “I don’t have the time, money, energy (pick one) for that.”  And right beside us is the Resource Giver. Jesus doesn’t say “Give what you don’t have.” He says “Give what I am giving you.” What stopped the disciples from digging into the power that was right in front of them? What stops us? If we relied on Jesus and what he’s offering, there would be plenty to give and we’d all be satisfied.

By Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy


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