When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
How many times do we think to ourselves “someone should do something…” or “my church really needs a ministry that does…” well guess what… YOU are ‘someone.’ Jesus was teaching, His disciples weren’t ready to do that themselves, and it started to get late. “Jesus, you need to do something!” was their response, and He basically said “well, why do I have you here?” We are the instruments God uses to accomplish His will in the world. The church is the answer for the world. We have been given this ministry of reconciliation. The next time we think “someone should…” let’s remember we are someone. Your pastor, your Sunday School teacher, your deacons, your momma, can’t do everything… we’re all in this together! God has given you everything you need to do everything you’re called to do, and that’s an encouraging idea.