There are few events in Scripture that better demonstrate how God has good use of us than this week’s account of Jesus Feeding the 5,000. The gifts were flowing from Jesus all day long. Jesus sees the people who are, “like sheep without a shepherd” and so He makes Himself their Shepherd first by teaching them and healing all their diseases.
But then, even when the disciples want nothing of it, Jesus decides to feed the people as well. Jesus is full of gifts! But amazingly He saves the best gift of all for the disciples who at first did not want to have any part of it. Jesus uses the disciples to feed the people. They turn and start handing our bread and fish and they never run out. Not only do they not run out, but they pick up 12 baskets of left overs at the end.
As you manage the gifts of life, and freely and joyfully give to the glory of God and for the benefit of your neighbor remember this – It is the Lord’s work. It is the Lord’s gift. It is the Lord who supplies all you need to be generous on every occasion. In other words, you won’t run out!
Group Discussion Question:
• Read Mark 6:30-44 & 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
• What stuck out to you from the readings, the message, or the devotion?
• Can you think of examples in your life when God has provided for you?
• What is it that motivates Jesus to act throughout this event?
• How does Jesus act as a Shepherd in this event?
• What were the disciples concerned about?
• How did Jesus make use of the disciples in this event?
• The Mark reading and the 2 Corinthians reading were chosen on purpose this week. How do these two sections of Scripture fit together nicely?
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