A couple of weeks ago during a fundraiser, one of the on-air hosts referenced the Gospel story of the feeding of the 5,000. The point was that even gifts we consider small, like five loaves and two fish, are important. Jesus multiplies the gifts, and needs are met.
Reflecting on that, I went back to my office and read the text. As I read those familiar words again, something jumped out at me. Jesus made his disciples do practically all the work! He told them, “You give them something to eat.” They found the boy who had the loaves and fishes, and they brought him to Jesus. They were told to have the people sit down, to distribute the food, and to gather the leftover pieces in baskets. What did Jesus do? He gave thanks and broke the bread. In other words, the only thing Jesus did was what only Jesus could do! Only he could multiply those small gifts to meet the need.
We often pray for God’s blessing and provision, as we should. However, if I’m reading this passage correctly, we have a lot of work to do as well. Are you praying that the number of abortions would go down? That’s great, but a donation of new baby items to the Valley’s Largest Baby Shower or volunteering at First Choice Clinic are ways you can get to work to help make that a reality. Are you praying that God would provide food for the needy? That’s great, but volunteering at the food packing event at Scheels Arena later this month for Feed My Starving Children would be a practical way you can work to help make your prayer a reality.
When we do what we can do, when we do the work that God has given us to do, then God will do what only he can do.
Yours in Christ,