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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:4 NLT — 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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
  • 2 Corinthians 12:6-10
  • 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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