Read Mark 6: 35-44
The disciples said, “Send the people away so they
can go to the surrounding countryside and villages
and buy themselves something to eat.” But [Jesus]
answered, “You give them something to eat.”
The meeting with the eighth-grade boys was getting
nowhere. They seemed more interested in making jokes and
distracting one another than in deciding what to do on their
service day. Finally, the leader sitting next to me had had
enough. “Guys, stop!” he began. “You’re in eighth grade now.
You’re the leaders of this junior-high ministry. Those in the
lower grades and the friends
you bring are going to look
to you as examples. We
need you all to be invested.”
Sometimes we adults
in the church need to hear
the same admonition. We might think that we can just show
up but not actually participate. I used to make the mistake
of thinking that my witness of the gospel to others consisted
solely of telling them about Jesus and bringing them to
church. Then the rest of the work would be done by the Holy
Spirit and the ministry staff.
That’s not the picture that our reading in Mark gives us.
The disciples told Jesus to send the people to buy food. But
Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” Jesus
wanted the disciples to be part of his work. Despite our faults
and limited resources, God can do miraculous things when,
like the disciples, we invest ourselves in God’s work.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for inviting us to participate in
your ministry despite our faults and limitations. Amen.
Keith Osmun (Ohio)
Prayer Focus: CHURCH YOUTH GROUPS
Thought for the Day
God can do miraculous things