Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?”(Luke 9:12-13 NLT)
The world is a mess. Sometimes it seems everybody is mad about something or in need of something. In the story of feeding the 5000, multitudes came to see and hear Jesus, but at the end of the day, they were hungry. The disciples were concerned about such a crowd. They suggested to Jesus that the people should be sent home so they could get something to eat. It seemed like the wise and compassionate thing to do. Jesus’s response is fascinating: “You feed them!”
The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is now His representative in the earth. Could it be that as we are praying for Him to do something, that He is saying, “You feed them”? That day, Jesus gave His disciples a plan for dividing the labor, then miraculously used the seemingly pitiful little bit they had to feed the whole crowd. As we head to church today, remember that we are the Body of Christ. He feeds the multitude by giving us each a small portion of the big task, then He takes what we have and supernaturally multiplies it to meet every need. Listen for Him to show you your part, then offer Him what you have. Miracles will ensue.