The past two months we’ve been exploring practical, biblical examples of our church’s mission: taking the life-changing reality of Jesus to our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world. This week we wrap up the “Inside Out” series with a look at God’s miraculous use of a small resource.
The feeding of the 5,000 is one of the more well known episodes from Jesus’ ministry, and is the only miracle found in all four Gospels. We know the story well: Jesus miraculously feeds a large crowd with a boy’s lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish, to the extent that there were 12 baskets of leftovers. Out of this familiar event come a few helpful principles for our lives:
- Even if we believe we don’t have much to offer, in the hands of Jesus it’s more than enough. Our greatest ability… is availability.
- Jesus never asked us to share with him, but to give it all. The occasional gift is generous, but complete, consistent faithfulness from us is indispensable.
- Jesus will always use us beyond our imagination. We should never underestimate the real life impact Jesus can make through us if we only would be willing.
What you have may not seem like much, but in the hands of Jesus it’s already a miracle! From our estates to our experiences, Jesus can affect countless lives through our willingness to help out with whatever we have. Let’s be encouraged and challenged to express our love for God by caring for people Jesus loves.
What “lunch” will you give to Jesus today?
- The passage from this week’s message is an all-time Sunday school favorite. If you first heard this story when you were younger, what do you remember about it from your childhood? Did this week’s message reveal any new insights?
- Talk about a time when you participated in serving your community. How did it benefit the person(s) you served? How did it impact you?
- What most excites you about giving your time/money/possessions to help others? What, if anything, holds you back?
- Each year we ask Home Groups to use the Christmas season as an opportunity to participate in a service project of their choice (for an individual, a family, or a non-profit organization). If your group is interested, take some time to discuss and plan who your group would like to help out this season.