Devotional Reading: John 6: 1-15. Morning Psalm-145; Evening Psalm 121
Text: When He looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards Him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test them, for He knew what He was going to do. (vss. 5&6a)
This is Jesus feeding of the 5000 in John’s gospel. In response to Jesus’ question, Philip took an inventory of the resources available to them. The disciples then turned over to Jesus those resources, meager though they were. And a miracle occurred.
No one has all of the talents that a person could possess, nor does any community have all of the resources that could be had. But each person and each community has the talents and resources necessary to do the work of the Kingdom before them. Too often we look at our lack–at what we do not have–and say to ourselves that we cannot make a difference. But that is simply not true. We must look at the gifts God entrusts to us and then be willing to return them–dedicate them–to the work of the Lord. When we do this, miracles happen, situations are transformed and lives are forever changed.
Lord, today I will inventory the resources that You have given me–my time, my abilities and my worldly possessions. I dedicate these things to You and to the work of Your Kingdom. Amen.