Aug 29, 2016
I've posted this a few times but this time I post it with the longer version. For some reason this longer version of the sermon with nearly 200 downloads is more popular than the original shorter version.
I want you to put yourselves in the place of each of the characters in the story of the feeding of the 5000.
Who are you more like?
Are you like the crowd is there some emptiness, some need which has to be filled? (It could be a need for food, healing, hope, meaning or even material things.)
Are you more like the disciples? Is Jesus calling you to fill the emptiness of the world with hope or food or healing? Is Jesus calling you to some ministry which seems too big for you? Beyond your reach?
Or are you more like the young child? You have something to give, but it seems pointless. How could my small donation fill the stomachs of the hungry? How can my small gift or ability or idea bring help to others? (John 6:9)
Today's story reminds us that as impossible as it might seem God (in Jesus) can and will use your small resources, abilities and efforts to fill the emptiness of ourselves and others. (Not only fill it but there will be left overs as well!
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