Focal passage: Mark 6:34-44
Alexandra and Cory Keehn are two friends with incredible stories about God’s provision. They felt a strong call to move from Kansas and serve at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. Moving was costly, and the Keehns found themselves with $5 in their bank account, rent due in a couple days and a week before their next paycheck.
Cory heard of an opportunity to run in a race that offered $1,000. He ended up running and winning first place. When he returned home, Alexandra told him about her coworker, a single mother who was also struggling financially. The couple used the winnings to cover her rent and their immediate needs, left again with single digits in their bank account.
Days later Cory received an unexpected “thank you” check from his graduate program as a gift for his work.
Jesus cares equally about our physical and spiritual needs and oftentimes uses His followers to provide for others. We see a great example of this in Mark 6:34-44 when Jesus works through His disciples.
Before giving anything, Jesus looked at the people before Him with compassion (Mark 6:34).
When the disciples wanted the people to go away and feed themselves, Jesus challenged them, saying, “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37). The disciples claimed they didn’t have enough to give, but Jesus tells His followers to bring what they do have. The Messiah takes time to praise God for the food, gives it back to the disciples and has them distribute it. “They all ate and were satisfied” (Mark 6 :42).
Sometimes I ask God why I’ve received so much when others have many needs. The heartbeat of the Holy Spirit reminds me that I was given much so that I would give much away.
Has God ever asked you to take a risk with what He’s given you? Do you claim to not have enough or do you trust that He will show up?