Devotional Reading from the Daily Common Lectionary: (Mark 6: 30-46)
Text: “You give them something to eat.” (v. 37)
“You know, somebody really ought to do something about that!”
“I hope that someone steps up and takes care of that!”
“I just hope that someone takes responsibility and fixes that!”
You’ve probably heard those expressions and may have even said all or one of them yourself. I know that I have.
Today’s lesson is the “feeding of the 5000”, the only “miracle” that appears in all four of the New Testament gospels. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of feeding so many people the disciples ask Jesus to them them away–to send them home–or to at least do something about it! And He does, but what He does may surprise you!
In the movie Bruce Almighty the main character thinks that he can do a better job at being God than God can. So God gives Bruce the reins and watches him make a mess of everything. Suddenly Bruce realizes that being God is hard and complicated and simply too much. A humbler Bruce tells God that he gives up.
“You know what your problem is, Bruce? You wanted a miracle. Well, Bruce, you be the miracle.”*
Jesus turned the tables on the disciples. He told them to feed the 5000. I believe that with all of the hurt and brokenness in the world, Jesus still calls those who would take Him seriously to do something about it. But how? It’s really quite simple and oh, so hard.
Inventory your resources, all of them. The truth of the matter is that we have more than we give ourselves credit for having. Second, dedicate our resources to Him. Then, when Jesus gives them back to you, use them to do the work you are called to do.
You be the miracle.
Lord, give me insight and courage; insight to see my assets and courage to follow You. Amen.
*A summary of the dialogue for brevity.