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Partnering with God's PLC!

Rev Steve - 18 Mar 2015

Hebrews 12:22-24/ John 6:1-14 'God's PLC Partnership'

This popular story (the feeding of the 5000) is shared in all the Gospels. Why? Because it teaches us that when we feel overwhelmed, overstretched and under-resourced, we can place faith in Christ to use our meager resources to bring further multiplication, but, it comes with a challenge; because it is the lack of OUR giving away of OUR resources to Christ who is the one who multiplies our giving that so often prevents such present testimonies of likewise provision.

 Here, within this passage, we witness Jesus seeking for us to partner with Him in meeting the needs of those who in need, 

and we do so by way of exercising our faith in His abilities by way of releasing our resources to His capabilities. Because, when faith is placed in the hands of our provider, needs no longer become obstacles, they become opportunities, opportunities for God’s provision to meet our needs according to His riches in mercy.

Within our Gospel passage we witness Jesus offering partnership to His disciples and in doing so so creates a miracle that feeds five thousand people and that was just the men! Tragically, post-modern society see’s such “miracles” as impossibilities and even more tragic is the post-Biblical Church who reads the event as a spiritual metaphor and not a miraculous reality. 

If this was the case, then every miracle within scripture would be wiped clean from history and that generation would be known as liars, delusional frauds, superstitious and uninformed. But the miracle did happen, as Jesus the Creator, Sustainer and Completer of all things as well as Himself being the ‘bread of life’ is more than capable of creating something out of nothing, otherwise, He would not be God, 

you see to undermine the miracle would be to under-value Christ’s deity

as only God can create something from nothing, if we don’t accept this possibility, we cannot trust Him for anything else. In trusting we partner with Him in three short ways: 

1) Be prepared to listen out for God instruction vs 5-6  When Jesus saw the large crowd coming toward him, he asked Philip, “Where will we get enough food to feed all these people?” He said this to test Philip, since he already knew what he was going to do.

Jesus said: “I can do nothing unless the father tells me or shows me” I wonder if that mindset is part of our daily devotion to God? When we pray, do we wait and listen for instruction. If there is no God’s instruction then it can only be ourselves leading our way and not His. If we don’t ask the question, are not not expecting the answer, and if we don’t expect an answer, we are not expecting any results. ‘Faith believes in things yet unseen, but believes that the unseen will manifest itself in reality.’ A prepared people see a providing God.

2) Be prepared to instigate work for God vs10 ‘The ground was covered with grass, and Jesus told his disciples to have everyone sit down. About five thousand men were in the crowd.’ Notice that even when Christ does the miracle of multi duplication we still have to assemble the crowd, as all harvests season need to have a sowing season too. Kingdom work is not being idle it is being active, we will get tired, but who isn’t! But our labour is for a better harvest, an eternal harvest. The’Great Commission’ isn’t just prayer, it is prayer with work, remember, we represent the arms of God here on earth, he choses us to represent Him before a world blinded by unbelief, we need to let the world witness our belief that He and He alone is the provider.

3) Be prepared to serve God vs12-13The people ate all they wanted, and Jesus told his disciples to gather up the leftovers, so that nothing would be wasted. The disciples gathered them up and filled twelve large baskets with what was left over from the five barley loaves.’ Notice that the disciples are those waiting on the people not the other way round. Those with power need serve not be served. Phil 2. Opportunities produce harvest’s as partners serve not wait to be served. There is a responsibility that comes with being people of faith, we use our faith to enhance the lives of those around us not just to bolster our own lives.

May we be a listening, faith instigating and serving church. This Lent, we can choose to either keep our faith to ourselves or partner Christ to use it for present day miracles of opportunities to meet the needs of those who need it most. Amen.

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