Posted by: pastordarren | July 28, 2011

Obedient Particiapation

The text for Sunday includes the story from Matthew 14:13-21 about the feeding of the 5,000 men plus women and children. The story goes that Jesus tells His disciples to get them food but they only have 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus blesses the food and distributes it to the people seated on the hillside. After they have had their fill, the disciples collect 12 baskets of the leftovers.

As readers of this story today, we can find ourselves in one of two places, either we are ones who are hungry and waiting to be fed, or we are ones whom Jesus has called to obedient participation in what He has called us to do and is currently doing in the world around us.

I would like to focus on the later. In the story, the disciples could have kept the little food they had (no matter where it came from) for themselves.  The text hints that they were thinking that when they tell Jesus to send the people away to find something to eat.  But after Jesus calls them to feed them, they make the choice to give the little food they do have to Jesus and participate with Him in His work.

I don’t believe that we can sit back and be an observant fan of Jesus any more. We have to be obedient participants in the work and message of Jesus, that the Kingdom of God is near and we are called to bring the message of reconciliation to the world.  This leads us to three basic questions:

  • Where do you see needs around you, physical, emotional, spiritual, communal, societal, etc? (These people are hungry)
  • What resources do you have, small or large, that can meet the need? (5 loaves and 2 fish)
  • Most importantly, are you, are we willing to be obedient participants in meeting those needs as we offer to God what we do have for His work? (Jesus multiplying the little food to feed the people)

So today, find where God is working to meet a need (it maybe outside of a church building) and obediently participate in what is happening!

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