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Day Five: Battle for People – Serving What We’ve Received

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Matthew 14:15-16 - “As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

In this passage we see how Jesus is not only concerned about people’s sickness, but also about the whole of who they are.  Jesus’ heart is to feed the people-and to never send people away!  Jesus never sends anyone away. Here we see that the ministry that we are called to do is not only about feeling compassion, but also living in the power of God to see people being fed, healed, and made whole.  However, how many of us have felt the way the disciples have, where they protest and ask for the people to be sent away?  Perhaps you were overwhelmed and spent, and feel like you had nothing left to give, and what the people needed was beyond your capability, so you just want to send them away?  As a response, Jesus instructs the disciples that the people do not need to be sent away, and that the disciples themselves should give them something to eat.

At face value this sounds like a preposterous direction, for how can 12 disciples feed over 5000 men (plus their wives and children)?  However, as we see what happens next, Jesus is the one that provides miraculously with the bread and the fish, and all the disciples have to do is to serve the people. Here is the biblical principle as we battle for people’s lives-that it is never out of our own ability, compassion, or goods that we do ministry.  Rather, ministry is done through Jesus’ compassion, power, and miracles.  All we do we serve/give what Jesus provides for them.

Today, let’s be encouraged that the role we play in ministry is akin to being a waiter-simply serve and dispense what the Lord puts in our hands.  Perhaps you are a small group leader, or a parent, or a spouse, and recently it has been increasingly difficult to respond in love, kindness and compassion. Perhaps you have blamed or battled the people for your problems, as you saw them as the source of your difficulty. Today we can come and turn our hearts to the Lord, and ask the Lord to give us fresh/renewed hearts, filled with His compassion, love, and His tears for people.

- GK

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