What Jesus Did! 'Unlimited Resources!' — Mark 6:39-42

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Then Jesus said to the followers, "Tell all the people to sit in groups on the green grass." So all the people sat in groups. There were about 50 or 100 people in each group. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish. He looked up to the sky and thanked God for the bread. Then Jesus divided the bread and gave it to his followers. Jesus told his followers to give the bread to the people. Then Jesus divided the two fish and gave the fish to the people. All the people ate and were full.
— Mark 6:39-42 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:39-42 NLT — "Tell all the people to sit in groups on the green grass."

Key Thought

Jesus' disciples were concerned about the physical needs of the crowd following Jesus and realized they didn't have the resources to meet those needs. (See the previous verses.) Now, however, Jesus shows them the unlimited resources of God when they place what is available in the hands of the Lord. Jesus took their meager meal of 5 loaves and 2 fish and made it more than sufficient; he made it ample. Now the Lord looks to you and me and asks us to offer our resources to him so that he can bring us the blessing and the provision of God.

Today's Prayer

O glorious Father in heaven, I believe, but help my unbelief. Help me offer my limited resources to you so that they will be made sufficient to do your work and minister to those in need. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 3:4-5
  • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
  • 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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