Read: Mark 6:1-56
Centering Verse: Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. (Mark 6:41)
- Has Jesus ever been amazed at your unbelief? What about your faith? How so?
- How has Jesus employed you in the work of the Kingdom of God? Where is he sending you?
- Who do you say Jesus is?
- How have you seen Jesus at work in unexpected places and in unexpected ways?
What I love about the verse above, and the entire story of the feeding of the five-thousand, is that Jesus allowed his disciples to be a major part of the miracle. This is the first time they get to assist him in such a way in the Gospel of Mark. But think about what they have just accomplished – faithfully going two by two into the towns and villages, preaching the good news, healing the sick, and casting out demons. Jesus is allowing them to grow as disciples, leaders, and representatives of the Kingdom of God all at the same time. Jesus could have made food appear miraculously, blessed it, and then distributed it to everyone himself. Instead, he asks the disciples to provide what they had; then Jesus multiplied it and gave it to them to distribute. What can we learn from that? When we offer Jesus all that we have, he blesses it and multiplies it. As if that weren’t enough, Jesus then lets us participate in the work of the kingdom by partnering with him in meeting the needs of others. To participate in the miracle work of Jesus – what a gift that has been given to us! How will you be a co-worker for the Kingdom of God today?
LORD God, who has gifted each one of us with remarkable talents that complement the talents of others, employ us for your purposes in this world. May we see miracles happen as we offer ourselves to your service. Amen.