Not About What You Don't Have
Jesus 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.”
- Mark 6:37-38
In his remarkable sermon yesterday, Larry Dove emphasized over and over how Jesus directed the disciples to focus on what they DID have instead of what they DID NOT have. The only thing that the disciples can see is the size of the crowd. Jesus, however can see the the size of the crowd AND the resources that the disciples have.
Jesus had to direct them to go look at their own resources. They would not be responsible to give what they did not have, only what they had. And thus, Jesus invited them to participate in the miracle by inviting them to see what they had to offer.
How about you - do you focus more on your limitations than your resources? Do you miss the way that Jesus is calling you to participate because you’re so overwhelmed by the size of the task? And, most importantly, on this day will you listen to Jesus’s diction when he says to you, yes you, “What do you have to offer? Go and see!”
Offer what you have to Jesus today.