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John 6:1-15 July 25, 2015

Posted by Ventura Dreamer in Blogroll.

This is the telling of how Jesus fed at least 5000 people, starting with a boy’s few barley loves and a couple of fish.

When the disciples started commenting on how they couldn’t possibly do anything to feed all those people, Jesus let them talk their negative, “this is impossible” talk. After they mentioned what the boy had, Jesus spoke up and quietly performed his miracle, directing them to gather and distribute the food. And there were twelve baskets of food left over!

Whether we take this story literally or look on it as incentive to faithfully work together as we try to help others, I believe God uses each of us to bring help and healing to our world. I look at the new Ventura CROP Hunger Walk committee and I see God’s spirit among us. Each of us brings something to the work ahead, and our Creator and Greatest Supporter combines our talents, desires and abilities to actually feed hungry people!

I love how this bit of scripture ends:

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Even the Son of God was unwilling to be turned into a leader/symbol of a movement. God doesn’t want just one person (no matter how powerful and holy) to solve the world’s problems poof! – by themself. Whether we are a church, community, or a committee, we are meant to gather what we have, work together, and multiply our individual gifts to make that kingdom we all so desire.

Praise God for our blessings that we are called to share!



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