Plenty, With Leftovers

Dear Hungry,

In the feeding of the 5000, Jesus' disciples notice that the massive crowds who have come to hear Jesus teach are hungry. Christ says to his insiders, ”You feed them.”

The disciples are incredulous! “Us feed them! All these people? With what are we to feed them Jesus? All we have found is a young person with a few fish and some dried out bread.”

So Jesus takes the bread blessed it and broke it and gave it to his disciples to share with the crowd. There ended up being plenty of food and even leftovers!

Theologians have debated for years about what happened? Did Christ miraculously make more fish and bread? Or, were the hearts of the people transformed to a higher level of generosity causing them to each reach into their own pockets to share what they had brought?

The reality is that whatever side of the debate you land on, a miracle took place.

Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission (IJM) says, ”The story of the feeding of the 5000 is an example of how Jesus works out the magnitude of the need through our own lack of resources. We just provide Christ with what we have and God works out the rest. Jesus does the miracle.”

We come together this Sunday to celebrate the mission and vision of God’s Grace Community Church (GGCC).  The vision is biblical and simple. We come together on Sundays to celebrate what God has first given us, and to grow in who each of us is individually and collectively in the Body of Christ. Then we go out into the world sharing what is in our pockets with:

  • ….our families
  • ….our neighbors
  • …Rock Canyon High School
  • …The Gathering Place
  • …Confluence Ministries
  • …Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives
  • …The Boys' and Girls' Club of Booneville, Mississippi
  • …Love, Light and Melody  (on a trash dump in Nicaragua)
  • …and beyond.

Together 5000 and more are being fed through the bounty of God as we reach into our pockets to offer what was first given to us.

*I give thanks to God for the generosity which the people of GGCC have given testimony to. May we continue to grow in God's generous direction!*

Read Luke 9:10-19 for further reflection.

Prayers: That God's vision for GGCC might remain strong and central, inspiring us in all that we do. For the GGCC annual gathering and celebration of ministry. And for Pastor Scott Seeke’s leadership at the annual Advance this Saturday and in worship on Sunday.

God's blessings,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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