Across the Preacher's Desk... How Many Loaves Have Ye?

September 24, 2020 - Unexpected dinner guests. Have you ever had that happen? That is what happens to Jesus and the disciples in Mark chapter 6. John the Baptist had just been killed and Jesus and the disciples were trying to get to a secluded place. They were tired from the teaching and healing being done. They were leading busy lives and needed a little R&R. 

It is on this occasion that we find Jesus taking 5 loaves and 2 fish and feeding 5,000 men. Yet, notice the question Jesus asked them in Mark 6:38. He asked, "how many loaves have ye?" Jesus was not asking for information. He was not asking because he couldn't do it without their loaves. He was, rather, trying to teach them and us a lesson. He wanted them and us to know that He is to bless others through us. He wanted those disciples to know they must be wing to use what they have. We must be willing to use what we have also. 

You see, what we have must be given into His hands. We are to use our strength, our tongue and our heart. We are to use our material means. We are to be the earthen vessels in the service of Jesus. Jesus asks us today, "how many loaves have ye?" Are we using what we have, the talents He has given us, in His service? 

It's something to think about...TBP

Center Church of Christ 
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