Caring For Others The Way Jesus Would
Posted: Saturday, January 24
Verse of the day:
So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. There were 4,000 men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children. (Matthew 15:35-38)
I love to read the conversations between Jesus and his disciples either shortly before or after a miracle occurs! Before the miraculous feeding of the 4,000, their conversation went something like this…
Jesus:“I feel sorry for these people. They have been with me for three days, and they don’t have anything to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry. They might faint on their way home.”
Disciples: “This place is like a desert. Where can we find enough food to feed them?”
Jesus: “How much bread do you have?”
Disciples: “Seven loaves and a few fish.”
Jesus shows a profound compassion for people’s needs – both spiritual and physical. He fed the people His word for three days. Yet He was still concerned about their physical needs – the need to eat. It’s so wonderful to realize that Almighty God cares for us and is both willing and able to satisfy all our needs.
The Disciples, on the other hand, struggled to understand God’s will. They complained about Jesus’ seemingly unrealistic expectations. They explained to Jesus that their resources were limited and their options were few. Jesus did not address their concern. He boldly pointed to the solution – their bread and fish. He proceeded to use their limited resources and few options to do God’s will. He multiplied the food. Everybody ate. There were seven baskets of leftovers. Alleluia! Even in the face of unsurmountable circumstances, God wants to use the few things we have to glorify His name and bless others. There is nothing impossible for Jesus!
What can we learn from this story? Jesus is a caring God! He wants to use you to care for others. He wants to use who you are and what you have to do a miracle in someone’s life. How much bread do you have?