Mark 6:35-44: Life begins at…

“35 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. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.’ 37 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?’ 38 ‘How many loaves do you have?’ he asked. ‘Go and see.’ When they found out, they said, ‘Five – and two fish.’ 39 Then Jesus told them to make all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 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. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.” NIV UK

I saw a card in a shop the other day. It bore the message: ‘’Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.’’ There is no little truth in that. Many of us will have had moments when we heard Jesus say, ‘’You give them something to eat’’ (37a). At least we will have had equivalent times in which the Lord Jesus asked of us something we could not do. Then we found He put into our hands ‘’immeasurably more’’ (Ephesians 3:20).

In his excellent book, ‘On being a servant of God,’ Warren Wiersbe says that ministry takes place where divine resources meet human needs, through loving channels, to the glory of God. That is exactly what you have here in this story. Wiersbe also says that in ministry we are tempted to imagine that God has called us to be manufacturers when He has in fact given us the work of being distributors.

 Jesus asks us to do what we can’t do. We put into His Hands the little we have, and He performs a miracle with it. He puts it back into our hands, bigger and greater than ever it was before, and we share with the world that which He gives to us.

PRAYER: ‘’Why should I ever anxious be, when such a God is mine…?’’