What Jesus Did! 'Concerned about the Hunger' — Mark 8:1-3

Monday, May 9, 2016

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."
— Mark 8:1-3 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:1-3 NLT — "I feel sorry for these people."

Key Thought

Two concerns are on Jesus' heart. First, he cares about the physical needs, especially the hunger, of the crowd that has been following him. Second, how can he help his disciples learn to trust that he will help them minister in situations beyond their ability? In this story, Jesus will help make sure both concerns are addressed. For me, this story is a reminder that ministry needs to occur on two fronts. First, we need to be raising up folks to help minister to others, using the gifts that God has given them. That means involving them in ministry and helping them learn to depend upon the Christ they serve. If you have a ministry in which you now serve, then get others involved with you! If you do not have a ministry, find someone working in an area in which you are interested and ask to go along and learn to minister with them. Second, we must care for the needs of others—not just their spiritual needs, but also their physical needs. Jesus shows us a powerful way to do both things at once in this story.

Today's Prayer

Father, I pray that you will use me to serve others and to train others to serve. Please lead me to people I can effectively serve with your grace and help me to not only see the opportunity to serve, but to follow through on that opportunity as well. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 3:13-15
  • Mark 6:6-7
  • John 20:19-21


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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