Scripture Reading for Thursday, March 27, 2014
Reading: Mark 6:30-46
You Give Them Something to Eat
I have seen a misconception at work in the church, and it centers around human work. The core belief is that beause of our sin-bent nature as humans we are somehow useless. We are certainly incapable of many things,and we can't earn our salvation, but if we are so useless then I am not sure why God brought us about in the first place.
What began with Adam was the work of stewarding the creation in which God had cultivated and molded us. Sin has tainted that work begun; however it has not ended God's command of stewardship. God made humans to work alongside him for the betterment of his creation. It shouldn't come as a surprise then that when faced with a hungry crowd to feed Jesus didn't roll up his sleeves, shout out to the crowd, and ask them for some bread and fish. Instead, Jesus said to his discples, "you give them something to eat."
We aren't useless; rather God often looks to us to carry out his plans. He can do it on his own, he is God after all, but God chooses to work through us, his creation, precicesly because in that work he gives us the opportunity to take part in God's kingdom of grace, and to share in his abbundance.
Questions for Reflection or Journaling
- How have you responded to God in the past when he asked you to do something? How did the experience turn out?
- What is God asking you to do today?
Father in Heaven, thank you today for including us in the work of your Kingdom. You are the provider of the harvest, and you reward us with its abundance. Guide is today into your will and bless our work in your name.