29 May You Give
Matt 10:14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food. 16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
The disciples are laughable. Here they stand with Jesus in the midst of need, watching from front row seats as Jesus heals people miraculously until sunset. Jesus had again seen the need of humanity, and dispensed His healing provision. The disciples watched.
In a feeble attempt to abdicate responsibility the disciples turned to Jesus and suggested He send the multitude away to nearby towns for food. Certainly they had avoided the bullet of involvement on this given day and had hoped to avoid the impending crisis of feeding thousands. But Jesus directed them to involvement and responsibility of the situation in His simple retort:
“You give them something to eat.”
It is easy for people to defer responsibility to the powers that be with simple judgments of “they should do something about this.”
However Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is still moved with compassion for meeting the needs of people and even today He looks at you and says “you give them something to meet their needs.” You give them money, you give them a word of encouragement, you visit them in prison, you clothe them, you give them a job.
Our response may be the same as the disciples when Jesus gave them the same command He gives us today. The list of excuses never changes:
- The need is too great.
- I don’t have the resource to provide.
- It’s too late.
- It won’t make any real lasting difference or impact.
Jesus never let them wiggle off the hook of responsibility, he just baited them in with the request to provide what they did have. The disciples responded, Jesus multiplied it, a miracle occurred and lives were changed.
And in turn, we too should respond to need, as this is all Jesus is asking us to do. He will mix in the miraculous and change lives.
Respond to need. You give them something.