BY REV. ERIC HOLDEMAN
SPIRIT LAKE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
I feel many times as we look at the problems that we face as a country like poverty, meeting the needs of the hungry, troubles from natural disasters; the list can go on and on. The demands are real and at times tragic.
At times we can feel like just throwing our hands up and saying: "What can I do to make a difference? I am only one person." As a result we do nothing.
Jesus one day saw all these needs around him and he was about to teach his disciples a lesson we can all learn from today. In John Chapter 6, Jesus is sitting with his disciples for a moment, and in verses 5 and 6 says: "When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Phillip, 'where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?' He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do."
Jesus already had a plan and he fully intended to meet the needs, but he challenged Phillip and the others with this overwhelming question.
Phillip began to reason within his own natural abilities, maybe checking his wallet, looking at his disciple buddies, knowing between all of them they probably only had a few bucks collectively. Maybe he even checked the ministry fund that was slim to none and quickly came to the conclusion that they had nothing to offer.
Verse 6 tells us, "Phillip answered him; eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!" So in turn they threw up their hands and did nothing, offering no solutions to Jesus.
Folks, Jesus is not asking the world to come up with the solution, but he is asking us to offer what little we have so Jesus the son of the living God, a miracle worker, the one that has the ability to turn water into wine, the one who heals the sick, raises the dead, makes the lame to walk, the deaf to hear. We can go on and on to all the miracles he performed. But none of the disciples thought about what Jesus could do if they simply offered him something to work with.
Offering nothing to the problems equals nothing! There was one little boy in the crowd, who heard the adult problem that day. He realized they came up with no solutions, so he tugged on the garment of one disciple, Andrew and in turn brought him to Jesus. The little boy offered his little sack lunch made up of a little loaf of bread and two little fish. He offered what he had to help with the solution, and that is all Jesus was looking for; someone to offer him something that he could supernaturally work with and in turn multiply, and he did this through the little boy's effort!
The adult's intellect reasoned away, leaving Jesus' supernatural abilities out of the equation. The little boy offered what he had! Jesus took that little boy's lunch into his hands, offered it up to the Father in prayer and told the adult disciples to have the crowd sit and they laid out enough food for 5,000 people, not including the kids and so on. The Bible tells us that all the people were satisfied and there were leftovers too.
My point is: God can take what little we have and make it go a long way to meeting needs. What will we do? What will we say? What action will you perform as we see the needs around us? Will we reason away and not do anything, or will we respond as the little boy did and offer Jesus what little we have? Jesus is waiting, and he's waiting on us folks! Jesus can make our little go a long way too.