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Give Him What You Have

Give Him What You Have

Mark 6:33-44

I would like for you to look at verse 37 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.

Let me explain the situation for you.

Back up in verses 12 and 13 the disciples had been sent out by Jesus to preach, and heal, and cast out demons.

And so as they come back to Jesus and vs. 31 tells us that “the people were coming and going so much that the disciples didn’t have time to eat.”

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 34.

And as disciples of Christ, when we are in a situation like this…

Jesus felt compassion…and look at why?

Isn’t that the way most people are when it comes to their needs.

These people needed a shepherd…and look at what Jesus does.

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

Vs. 35, it is late in the day and the disciples say, “Lord this is a desolate place. It is getting quite late.  And if these people are going to eat you better send them away.”

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 37.  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.

Do you remember what these disciples have just been doing?

They have just returned from a trip where God has been routinely doing the impossible through them.

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? Well, look at what the disciples do in vs. 37:

As a church, as well as individually, 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 let me tell you something.

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. 38.  Look at verse 38: “How many loaves do you have? Go look.”

And look what they bring in verse 38: “Five loaves and two fishes.”

Look at what happens next starting in verse 39:

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.

As His disciples we need to realize that we are not commissioned to talk about what we can’t do.