It Might Be Awkward

What does it look like to be a real disciple of Christ?

Our lives and not just our words should first and foremost be pointing people to Jesus. (that whole walk vs. talk thing)

We need to be listening to the Holy Spirit moment by moment and allowing Him to lead.

And being His disciple usually involves awkward moments that often highlight our humanness.

Just look at Jesus’ disciples.

When Jesus fed the 5,000 or so people, he asked his disciples where they were going to get enough bread to feed all those people, even though He already knew what He was going to do.

Awkward moments passed as they tried to come up with a solution to this problem.

The disciples original solution was to send all the people away so that the people could buy their own food. So that they could fend for themselves.

And then, Jesus said the unbelievable, “You give them something to eat.” 

Was He serious?

So they started brainstorming.

The disciples immediately thought about earning the money to feed the people just a little bit…a light snack. But that wouldn’t work because they were under the time crunch of NOW.

Maybe they even thought about taking up a collection. Once again, probably ludicrous since a lot of the people following Jesus were the rough around the edges, poor, outcast kind of people who probably were not loaded with money.

When they couldn’t think of anything else humanly possible, one of the disciples pointed out that there was a little boy who was willing to give up his lunch.

And Jesus not only turned it into a feast but had twelve baskets left over.

I love it that Jesus does things in unexpected excess.

Maybe human solutions aren’t the answers to our issues and our problems.

And maybe we don’t really have to fend for ourselves.

But it might be uncomfortable and our self-sufficiency might come into question as we wait for Him.


1 Response to “It Might Be Awkward”

  1. 1 HJackson
    December 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    excellent! thank you for sharing 🙂

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