with Him

Religious still life of loaves of bread, fishing net, basket and two fresh fish

Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” – Luke 9:12-13

These same twelve had just returned from being sent out by Jesus to heal people and cast out demons. But when faced with hungry people and not enough food, they can only consider what is humanly possible.

But what catches my heart this morning is this:  His followers were called to participate in His power. He sent them out, in His power, to heal and deliver. And then He included them in the miraculous feeding of hungry people. Until He sent them out, they had watched Him minister with power, but now He was calling them to do with Him what He had been doing alone.

It will always be His power at work, but as His follower, I have been called to co-labor with Him. Sometimes, that will mean feeding people who are hungry, rather than sending them away.

His power reaches every part of our lives. The sick parts, the tormented parts, and the hungry parts. Today, don’t overlook the places His power wants to touch through you.

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