In John 6:5-9, Jesus tests the faith of his disciples by issuing a question, and their response is very telling:
Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
Clearly though they had walked with Jesus for some time, they had very little of an idea what he was truly capable of. Not only was Jesus able to provide, he was able to provide in great abundance so that all had eaten their fill, with much left over.
The disciple’s responses highlighted what they perceived they were lacking: not enough money to buy food, and when they found food, not enough food to feed these people. Proper prudence and stewardship will often lead us to this train of thought. We budget and manage the resources which God has given us so that we can honor him with them. It’s only natural to believe that lacking in a resource represents an inability to do something. However, Jesus shows us that he can operate well in the areas we lack.
This isn’t exclusive to physical provisions, either.
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong". - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In our weakness, he is strong. He is plentiful in our lack. He has gifted us with the Holy Spirt that we may be able to do the work of ministry. Working in unison with the Holy Spirit, we get to see the miracle of salvation happen frequently, and we even get to take part in it!
The way God has designed his church is to compliment one another in what we lack, both spiritually and financially. As we care for one another, we get to see God’s miraculous provision come through us.
The best way to experience God’s provision through his body of believers at the District Church is through groups. Groups will launch for the fall on September 9th, and we are already beginning signups! Find a group for you and join is today!
Post by Jared Gibson