Read: Mark 6:30-44

Jesus said to His disciples, “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37). It is an interesting statement from Jesus. A huge crowd had gathered to hear Him. As it was getting late, the disciples got nervous and started pressing Him to send them away (Mark 6:36). And Jesus says this amazing statement.

Why would He say that? John 6:6 says He was testing them. Did He want to see if they would trust Him to perform a miracle? Perhaps, but it seems that He wanted His disciples to care for the crowd, and to be working with Him. He then blessed what they brought to Him – five loaves of bread and two fish, and performed the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000.

Jesus uses those words with us too. A need presents itself in the lives of those around us, and we bring it to Jesus in prayer. Jesus often says to us, “You give them something to eat.” But we often reply, “We don’t have enough time or money or energy.” Well, we are wrong. When Jesus asks us to get involved, He already knows how He will accomplish His work through us.

What we require is faith and the ability to see that God wants us to be His instruments, and that He will supply what we need. When God says to us to do it, He has already planned the resources we need to accomplish the task.

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