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Salvation by Participation

Monday, January 11, 2021

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Galatians 6:2 – “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

Imagine being one of Jesus’ disciples as he finishes teaching thousands of people and turns to you and says, ‘give them something to eat.’ I don’t know about you, but even with modern day conveniences like Hot and Ready pizza from Little Caesars, I’d be flabbergasted and overwhelmed. I’d probably even give an awkward laugh, ‘good one Jesus.’

As I consider the stories of Jesus’ two miraculous feedings of over 4,000 and 5,000 people with leftovers, I am reminded of my own lack of faith towards the world’s needs. I have been in full time ministry for over 13 years and the people of God are complex, messy, and struggling like myself; let alone this crazy culture we are living in that has invented over 100 gender identities. Yet, in the midst of overwhelming need, I feel in every fiber of my being that Christ is looking at His church saying, ‘you give them something to eat.’

“Me Lord?! What do I have to offer?! I see a kid over there with greater resources than me.”

Here’s the thing about Jesus that we must remember going into 2021, He does the miraculous and the multiplication, but He wants our participation. Jesus is calling: ‘Place your brokenness and your little supply in My hands, and you’ll be surprised by how you see My hands work through yours.’ Jesus blesses our inadequacy, don’t push people away by looking inward, draw them in by looking outward.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, my Lord Jesus Christ, please help my unbelief. I feel overwhelmed and helpless as I look out over humanity’s great needs inside and outside of the church. I surrender my all to you, here I am Lord, use me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.