What Jesus Did! 'The Resource Maker' — Mark 8:5-7

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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.
— Mark 8:5-7 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:5-7 NLT — "How many loaves of bread do you have?"   ——   "We have seven loaves of bread."

Key Thought

Jesus does not need our resources. He does, however, call us to use our resources to bless others. When we bring those resources to him, and offer ourselves to him, he will make them more than what they are and help us be better than we can be on our own. Jesus is the Resource Maker and the Resource Stretcher.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, take me and use me. Take my resources and use them. Make them more than they are and use them for your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 9:10-15
  • Psalm 50:7-15
  • Deuteronomy 15:11


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.