Focal Passages: John 6:5-11, 26-31, 47-51
The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is familiar to us all, but God’s Word is living and active as it continues to speak to us in the most familiar of stories. Just this week, our son, Seth went fishing and brought home 14 fish. Seth observed that the fish were small and probably similar to the two small fish the boy gave Jesus in John 6:8. I looked at the fish on our table and marveled, once again, that Jesus fed the multitude with such a small amount!
As we continue a Bible study unit that focuses on the power of Jesus, we look specifically at His ability to meet the need of hunger. Jesus modeled for us the importance of providing food for hungry people and sharing the gospel with them.
One of the wonderful aspects of being Southern Baptist is that we do not have to look far to know how to feed the hungry.
We are an on mission denomination. On a state level, we have teams of those serving through disaster relief. These teams provide food and water to those who would go hungry due to the effects of the natural disaster. On an international level, you may give specifically to relieve the hunger of those across the world through the World Hunger Fund of the International Mission Board (www.imb.org), which is being renamed Global Hunger Relief. One hundred percent of giving to that fund goes specifically to hunger relief. And, we can be confident that this hunger relief is done in the name of Jesus Christ!
On a local level, we can be looking for ways to participate in hunger relief efforts. Giving to food pantries, helping organize those locations and distributing food to the hungry are all practical and local ways to get involved. In Cabarrus County, where I live, the pantry shelves were emptied as Food Stamp checks were delayed. Some recipients have not received benefits since June. The church needs to respond to these types of needs. It is when we meet the physical need that we can offer living bread for an everlasting difference.