Thursday, July 16, 2015

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC- You Give Them Something to Eat

There is no doubt that there is great need in this world. There are many who are hungry for hope, slaves hungry to be free, people hungry for food, youth hungry to be known, people hungry for healing. Not only is there great need around us... we also have mounting needs each and every day. So our response is often times to do nothing and to not dream big. This weeks gospel lesson we encounter Jesus feeding the five thousand men with very limited resources but God in his infinite power makes it much. So much so that people leave full from the feast.

The disciples response is most times like ours...recognizing their limited resources and the great logic guiding them. The disciples response to Jesus' request to feed these people is based in logic. Logically we don't have enough resources to possibly feed them Jesus. We simply don't have enough.

Jesus' response isn't focused on limited resources but one grounded in compassion. Jesus directs his disciples, "You give them something to eat."

This is still the call of Jesus for us as a Christian people in response to the need around us. The difference is the fundamental power of Jesus to do big and crazy things with limited resources. Jesus' ability to make little into much.

The truth is often times we bypass Jesus. We fend for ourselves. We don't dream big. The truth is that people literally starve when we push what God can do with our limited resources to the side.

Yet when we give God our little, our finite, our small resources and vision... God can do something grand. God can make people full.

Jesus' call to us still... is to give the world outside something to feast upon. For us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the midst of hopelessness, oppression, poverty, wars, on and on. My hope is that we will give God our little so he can make it much!

Looking forward to diving deeper Sunday.