Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
God Still Provides!
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And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

- Luke 9:16-17 ESV

 

From the pen of a well-educated, beloved physician, observant and detail-oriented writer; the Christian community is blessed to receive an orderly account of the brief yet powerful ministry and mission of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Luke is a narrative on the earthly ministry of Jesus through the eyes of a Christian convert with Gentile heritage. Through the eyes of an “outsider” the story of Jesus includes all those who otherwise would be excluded with detail given to the poor, the outcasts, the socially unacceptable and those with little economic power or resources. 

 

It is important to shape our understanding of Luke 9 around the idea of participating in ministry with Jesus. Those who have been chosen by Jesus as disciples are no longer mere companions or witnesses. In the Luke 9 text they are invited and challenged to participate in the advance of the Kingdom of God. This invitation to involvement is extended to all who would dare determine to be a Christian disciple. This is the inconvenient truth for the 21st Century Christian Church who finds itself immersed in a kind of discipleship marked by consumerism and commercialism.

 

The opening lines of the pericope point to a particular designation for the twelve. They are called here "apostles", communicating an important reality concerning both calling and commission. They are being authorized, anointed and empowered. This “sending out” will become the responsibility and authority given to the church. Overshadowing contemporary struggles with titles and their significance is the essential nature of what it means to be church and do church. We are the visible representation of the invisible Christ. We are called to participate in the fulfillment of the Kingdom Agenda.

 

The text can be summarized under the heading , "God still Provides". In the desolate wasteland of an abandoned fishing port with meager resources (two fish and 5 loaves), Jesus commands His church to feed the people by having them to sit down and recieve what is to come by way of His hand. And the rest is history! 

 

Not only are the masses of people fed, they are also filled. Here are the life principles from the text:

 

 

  • Jesus is bigger than any problem we will ever face.
  • Our resources large or small are always inadequate apart from Jesus.
  • God’s blessings are often experienced through participation
  • Jesus can bring blessing and life from what is broken

 

May you be blessed and inspired to trust God in ways you cannot imagine!

 

 


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