Thursday, November 16, 2017

God is MORE THAN enough

I have sat around many tables where God's dream for a community is tossed aside. We talk about our deficits. Our money is limited. We don't have enough time. We don't have enough gifts. And of course, "We are tired and exhausted!" 
This week we will be reading the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. The disciples are coming fresh from a missionary journey. They are tired and exhausted. Jesus tells them that they will go to a deserted place and get some rest. And then... the plans change. Jesus' heart is moved by a big crowd of people. The disciples ready to go back to the original plan tell Jesus to send them away so that the people could get something to eat. And to the surprise of these exhausted disciples longing for some rest, Jesus said, "You give them something to eat." 

Jesus' dream is that these thousands of people might eat and be filled. And he invites us into this dream and mission. 

And the disciples do what we all do. We begin to do the math. Instead of Jesus teaching us... we teach Jesus, "It takes money to feed all these people."

Yet Jesus' simple invitation is to give to give him what we do have. This is the tricky part. This takes a great deal of trust in Jesus. Is Jesus really who says he is? Is Jesus really enough? Most of the time our answer is NO. So we hold back for something tangible. 

Many of us live our lives from our deficit. We don't give our money to God... because we think we don't have much. We don't give our time to God... because we don't think it is worth much. We don't give our relationships to God... because we think we can figure it out on our own. 

All the while... we wonder where God's blessings are for our church and community. They're not there because we never have given our small, meager gifts to the one who might make them more than enough. 

We so often make it about us. We make it about what we have and don't have. But it isn't about any of those things. It is that God can take our meager best and transform it into an abundance. Something that not only transforms us but our community.