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Give Him What You Have


Matthew 14:13-21

I would like for you to look at verse 16 again.

As disciples’ of Christ we have been commissioned by Christ, “to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He has commanded…

And what about here in Brady…there are a lot of people in this town that are in need of the word of God.

Well, here in this story about the feeding of the 5000 Jesus is going to tell us.

If you look at the accounts of this story in Mark, Luke, and John the disciples had been sent out by Jesus to preach, and heal, and cast out demons.

And so they come back to Jesus to give Him an account of all they have done.

So Jesus says, “Let’s go to a lonely place where it is quiet and so you can get some rest.”

So what do you do?

Well, look at what Jesus does in this situation. Look at verse 14.

And one thing that each of us as disciples has to ask ourselves this morning is, when we are in a situation like this…

Jesus felt compassion for them…and so Jesus spends the day with them, compassion pouring out of His soul for them…but notice what His disciples do?

Vs. 15, it is late in the day and the disciples say, “Lord this is a desolate place and the time is already past so send them into the villages that they may buy food for themselves.”

And it is the same for us today.

And don’t misunderstand me.

But there is another response to human need and it isn’t nearly as popular.

Look at verse 16.  Look at what Jesus says.

Jesus is saying to His disciples, “NO, NO. Don’t send them away. You do something for these people. You meet their needs.”

And you say, “Well that is absurd Jesus.

Don’t you remember what these disciples have just been doing?

You see, what Jesus is doing is he is putting them to a test saying, “God has been doing all these impossible things through you yesterday and the day before that.

And He says the same thing to us.

And what do we do?

That is what the disciples said here in verse 17.

As a church, we sometimes do the same thing don’t we?

But you know, when we do that we are doing the same thing these disciples did.

But do you know what?

What are you going to do when Jesus puts an incredible need in front of you?

OR you can hear what Jesus says in vs. 18.  Look at verse 18: “Bring them to Me.”

Look at what happens next starting in verse 19:

And Jesus says, “Pick it up.”

I don’t think so.

Here is the answer to fulfilling those overwhelming tasks that we are faced with.

On your own, you can’t do it.

But what we need to understand is, success doesn’t depend solely on us.

Here we are, we are the Lord’s church…and unfortunately we are like the elephant in the circus that is tied to a little stake in the ground.