Friday, January 4, 2008

You Feed Them

Something grabs my attention from an all too familiar story...
"The disciples said to Jesus, "Send the crowds away so they may go and buy food." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." Matthew 14:15-16 NRSV)

Jesus didn't say that He would provide food for the people. He didn't say that He would take care of the situation. He didn't say that He would perform a miracle. He told the disciples, "you give them something to eat."

I see 'hungry' people everyday. Many are 'hungry' for love, purpose, fulfillment, peace and wholeness. I am surrounded by those who have needs they cannot resolve on their own.

Jesus speaks these words to me..."you give them something to eat." Instead of only talking about or praying for people, I must get involved in the process of meeting their needs.

Would Jesus have made it possible for Peter to feed the crowd if he had begun the process himself? Possibly, after all Jesus did say..."Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done...and even greater works." (John 14:12 NLT)

I wonder if Jesus ever gets tired of doing what I--as a disciple--should be doing?