Journey Group Devotional – 9/3/15
When the people saw the sign He had done, they said, “This really is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” John 6:14
In this week’s study of the fourth sign, we’ve looked at the glory of Christ as manifested in the feeding of over 5000 people. Seeing His power manifested here, we can accurately conclude that He has the ability to transform situations, circumstances, and most importantly, our lives. It is the transformation of lives through which His glory is seen today, (see 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:6, & 5:17-21).
While we focus on His glory, let’s not forget that He also included His disciples in this. His plan is to not only work in us but also to work through us. In verses 10, 11, & 12, John records instructions Jesus gave His disciples. At the time, those instructions may have seemed unimportant. But nothing could be further from the truth!
- Jesus instructed His disciples to have the people sit down. (Luke’s account tells us the people were seated in groups of fifty.) This required a great amount of organization. Planning and organization are very important to the success of any ministry endeavor.
- After receiving the 5 loaves and 2 fish and giving thanks for them, Jesus distributed the food to the crowd. The other three gospels tell us He did this through His disciples. Every ministry endeavor involves serving others in some way. Administration and implementation are necessary in ministry.
- Jesus also instructed His disciples to collect the leftovers. This, of course, occurred after the people were fed. When everyone else has gone home, there are always things to be done. Every church and ministry event requires some follow-up, record keeping, and yes, even housekeeping.
Compared to a miraculous sign, ministry activities may seem mundane. If our goal is His glory through changed lives, then it will require planning, promotion, organization, implementation, follow-up, and even clean-up. It takes some mundane things to make it all happen.
There’s one final word and another truth we must take away from this sign:
Christ expects us to be participants, not spectators!
We are to be faithful in little things. What is Jesus telling you to do for Him today? Not only will Jesus take our “little everything” and multiply it, He uses our faithfulness in doing the little things. Just because it seems mundane, don’t think it is not important.