Matthew 14:14-16 Jesus saw the huge crowd as He stepped from the boat, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick. That evening the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary–you feed them.”
Have you ever been out in the middle of nowhere with Jesus and you heard him tell you to do something impossible? That’s where the disciples found themselves on more than one occasion. We have all felt that internal nudge to do something, you see a need, you feel some tension inside, but just like the disciples you say “this is all I have.”
Do you tell God that there is no way that you have the resources or the skill set, you are not equipped, you are scared but God says “I don’t care, bring what you have.”
You may tell God, “I am not someone that meets that kind of need, I am somebody that prays for somebody to meet that need. I’m just a prayer warrior” But God says “I don’t care, bring what you have.”
The disciples did what they knew how to do trusting that God would do the rest. They stood there in front of Jesus and took a little bit of food from him, they turned around, faced the crowd and handed the food to somebody. They walked back to Jesus and somehow he had a little bit more food to hand them to pass out.
Your faith muscle gets flexed when you say yes to something that God is urging you to do despite the fact that you feel inadequate, scared, or lacking resources. Every major move of God is accomplished through somebody that feels inadequate, somebody whose faith muscle is being stretched, somebody that believes they can’t do it apart from God.
Have you felt that God was urging you to serve yet you refused because you felt unprepared or inadequate? Are you willing to do what you know how to do so God can do what only God can do? If you do you will experience God in a brand new way but if you don’t you will never know what God would have done through you.
God wants us to build gospel communities all over Atlantic County and that means that we each have to take on a personal ministry in an area that God is saying to you “You feed them.”