Give to them! – 2018.01.12

Jesus answered the disciples:
They do not need to go away.  You give them something to eat.
Matthew 14:16

All day long Jesus had taught people and healed their sick. When evening came, the disciples said to Him: “Send them away, so that they may go to the villages and buy food for themselves, it will soon be dark!” But Jesus did not just want to send people away. He wanted to take care of these people. HE wanted to have them with him and felt comfortable with them. He couldn’t separate from them at all. Therefore the disciples should give them food. But they were a bit disturbed: “We have almost nothing at all, we don’t even have enough of it ourselves!” Jesus took their limited supplies, thanked them for the food, and gave it to the disciples so that they would distribute it to the people. And indeed, all were satiated. There were about 5000 people. They collected the remains and filled 12 baskets with them.
That’s exactly how we stand before people every day: We have very little we can give them. But Jesus wants us to give! We are to give everything we have to Him. HE can multiply it enormously, even if it is very, very little.
Which one of us has a lot? Who can preach like Peter or Paul? Who has as much authority in prayer and ability to heal as Jesus? No, we don’t have much to give God. But the few things we do have He takes and multiplies! How wonderful for me! I’m doing everything I can, and HE’s doing great things with it!
What shall we give to the people? Bread and fish! The fish is the sign of Jesus. HE is God concrete. There are so many gods, we need a concrete name: Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer. We preach Him in word and deed. We are His Witnesses through deeds of mercy and by telling what good HE has done good to us.
The bread is the Word of God, the living Word. Not old and dusty, not veiled in an incomprehensible pious language. We bring His Word into the respective situation; – that is why we need silence and contact with Him, so that we know His will.
And HE blesses everything and confirms our small ability through His great power. Hallelujah!

Thank you, Jesus! You are here!!!! You are the Mighty, the Strong, the Merciful; You are the Son of God. We witness your grace, forgiveness, healing and salvation. And you will bless our weak, perhaps anxious testimony. Thank You!

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