What Jesus Did! 'Resources?' — Mark 8:4

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Jesus' followers answered, "But we are far away from any towns. Where can we get enough bread to feed all these people?"
— Mark 8:4
Illustration of Mark 8:4 — Jesus' followers answered, "But we are far away from any towns. Where can we get enough bread to feed all these people?"

Key Thought

Jesus' followers were basically saying that they didn't have the resources to meet the needs of the people around them. Sound familiar? So often, we don't pursue opportunities to serve others because we lack the resources. Clearly, we should count the cost before we begin a ministry so we won't have to pull back half way through our commitment. However, we must minister in situations that extend beyond our ability to meet people's needs. This allows us the opportunity to see the Lord at work as he displays his power where our strength, resources, and insight are so limited. In our time of weakness and insufficiency, we should realize that all effective service is done by the Lord's power and grace.

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive me for having such small dreams of serving others. Open my eyes to the needs around me and give me the courage to step out in faith trusting in you to provide those resources that are needed to bless those in need. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Another time there were many people {with Jesus}. The people had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his followers to him. Jesus said, "I feel sorry for these people. They have been with me for three days. And now they have nothing to eat. I should not send them home hungry. If they leave without eating, they will faint while going home. Some of these people live a long way from here." Jesus' followers answered, "But we are far away from any towns. Where can we get enough bread to feed all these people?" Then Jesus asked them, "How many loaves of bread do you have?" The followers answered, "We have seven loaves of bread." Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. Then Jesus took the seven loaves and gave thanks to God. Jesus divided the bread and gave the pieces to his followers. Jesus told the followers to give the bread to the people. The followers obeyed him. The followers also had a few small fish. Jesus gave thanks for the fish and told the followers to give the fish to the people. All the people ate and were full. Then the followers filled seven baskets with the pieces of food that were not eaten. There were about 4,000 men that ate. After they ate, Jesus told them to go home. Then Jesus went in a boat with his followers to the area of Dalmanutha.

Mark 8:1-10

Related Scripture Readings

We can say these things, because through Christ we feel sure before God. I don't mean that we are able to say that we can do anything {good} ourselves. It is God who makes us able to do all that we do. God made us able to be servants of a new agreement {from God to his people}. This new agreement is not a written law. It is of the Spirit. The written law brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

But if I wanted to boast about myself, I would not be a fool. I would not be a fool, because I would be telling the truth. But I won't boast about myself. Why? Because I don't want people to think more of me than what they see me do or hear me say. But I must not become too proud of the wonderful things that were shown to me. So a painful problem was given to me. That problem is an angel from Satan (the devil). It is sent to beat me and keep me from being too proud. I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But the Lord said to me, "My grace (kindness) is enough for you. When you are weak, then my power is made perfect in you." So I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ's power can live in me. So I am happy when I have weaknesses. I am happy when people say bad things to me. I am happy when I have hard times. I am happy when people treat me badly. And I am happy when I have problems. All these things are for Christ. And I am happy with these things, because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.

2 Corinthians 12:6-10

With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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