“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.”” (Mark 6:36–38, ESV)

There is not a person on this earth that is more compassionate than Jesus Christ. Just read through the Gospels and see how he cared for people. He healed, He delivered, and He raised the dead back to life giving a daughter back to her grieved father and a son back to his widowed mother. Jesus’ compassion paired with his incredible ability to meet peoples needs set him apart from every other religious leader. He, in turn, uniquely qualifies His followers through the power of the Holy Spirit to do what no other religious following could do.

While there are many organizations, secular and religious, dealing with human suffering, none of these institutions has the power of God at their disposal. Take the feeding of five thousand, for instance. Jesus had been teaching the people all day and they were hungry. So, the disciples asked Jesus to send them on their way to care for their own needs. The response Jesus gives them is astounding. He says, “You feed them.” After a short argument, the disciples did what Jesus said and fed five thousand men and their families with two fish and five loaves of bread. Jesus used what they had and took care of the rest, but only after they were willing to contribute what they possessed.  

Jesus is still asking His followers to do the impossible when it comes to dealing with human suffering. All He asks is that we be willing to give what we have, and He will take it from there. What sets us apart is our willingness to do what is beyond our abilities and resources knowing we serve a God who can do it all, who graciously gives us power through His Holy Spirit to accomplish His work.  

1 Comment

Devin - January 16th, 2020 at 7:05am

This is most thought provoking... and inspires me to remember that it is God who brings the increase!