The problems are huge and they are everywhere. The solutions are much more difficult to recognize and are so often dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of the problems and needs.
Has God ever burdened your heart to get involved in being a part of the solution to one or more of these hopeless situations?
If you’ve been a follower of Jesus for any length of time, more than likely that answer is YES!
And also more than likely, you have struggled with a feeling of being so much smaller than the problem and having insufficient resources to make much of any real difference.
In Mark 6:34-44, we find Jesus’ disciples in that kind of a predicament. After a full day of teaching a crowd of probably over 12,000 people (the Bible says there were 5000 men, not to mention women and children that would have been in the mix as well), the disciples recognized the fact that these people were hungry and there was no place for them to get food (apparently Taco Bell hadn’t gotten to this part of the world just yet!). So the disciples reported the problem to Jesus, hoping he would dismiss the crowds so they could go find food somewhere else. But Jesus challenged them to get personally involved with a problem that was way bigger than they were. He said, “YOU give them something to eat!” When the disciples protested that to feed a crowd this size would cost more than 8 months worth of wages (which no one probably had just sitting in their pockets anyway, not to mention there was really no place close by to run off and make that kind of a purchase), Jesus asked them for an account of what they did have. After surveying the crowd the disciples returned with their measly findings: 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus essentially responded by saying, “Great. Let’s eat then! Start getting the people seated in groups of hundreds and fifties and I’ll start setting up the buffet!” In John’s gospel, he records the disciple’s very understandable protest, “…but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9)
Have you ever felt like that?
Have you ever wanted to respond to God by saying, “What good is my limited ability?” “What good is my limited supply?” “What good is my limited amount of time I can give to this problem?” “Lord, can’t you see that I don’t have enough to meet the needs around me?”
And I think that’s the point.
Jesus doesn’t need you to have enough.
He is enough!
He just wants you to make what you do have available to him.
Because when your limited time, talents, and treasure are made available to a limitless God, He always has a way of making that go the distance with plenty of leftovers to spare!
And that’s exactly what Jesus did in this situation. He thanked God for the meal they were about to eat, and then he began breaking the bread and fish into pieces and gave it to his disciples so they could in the exact same way start giving it to the hungry crowd. And after everyone had eaten until they were satisfied, the disciples collected 12 baskets FULL of leftovers!
What the disciples saw as a meal that was barely big enough to feed one person, Jesus saw as more than enough to feed 12,000!
What need in our world is God asking you to get personally involved with?
What situation is He calling for your small meal of bread and fish even though there are thousands who need to eat?
When my limitations are made available to a limitless God, the result is MORE THAN ENOUGH!