Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of human need, we want to retreat and shut down. But Jesus demands otherwise. He still wants us to respond to that need, even when we feel the scarcity of our resources.
Take yesterday’s scripture passage from Matt. 14. Over 5,000 people were hungry after a day with Jesus and his healing ministry. The disciples begged Jesus to send everyone home where they could feed themselves. It wasn’t the disciples’ finest hour. Jesus asked the disciples how much food was available to feed the masses. You know the story well. There were only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.
After Jesus blessed the meager providing, there was more than enough to satisfy the people’s hunger. Sometimes it is that we lack the faith that we have what it takes to help others. Yet Jesus lovingly takes what we have, blesses it, directs us to distribute it, and wonder of wonders, we have a surprise ending!
Can Jesus be serious in calling limited, normal, unspectacular people like you and me to be agents of his kingdom? I guess so! Let us pray that we can have half as much faith in Jesus as he has in us. And that he knows what he is doing when he calls us to be a blessing for others.