Think back to your participant weekend, what stands out to you? For some the singing, the skits, Obstacle Circle, or maybe just the hugs. In this grand world our God has created those things are SO small, and yet God will use these small things we have to give to make a HUGE impact. God can use skits, gifts, colored placemats, whatever humble offerings we have to give.
This week at the team meeting we focused on the story of Feeding the 500 in Mark 6:30.
“Supper for Five Thousand 30-31 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat. 32-34 So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them. 35-36 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.” 37 Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.” They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?” 38 But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.” That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.” 39-44 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred—they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. They all ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at the supper.”
To me in this story it really stands out how important those small things are. God was capable of feeding the 5000 without a few loaves or fishes, and yet he desires our willing heart to participate in the act. It is like prayer, God doesn’t need to hear our thoughts because he already knows them. However, He wants to hear us communicate with him and he desires a relationship with us, so he wants us to pray even if it is not necessary. God wants us to put ourselves in the position for God to do something big. If we go into these upcoming LOG weekends with open and willing hearts, think about all the AMAZING things God can do to change lives. In fact, just inviting someone to LOG in the first place is a way God reaches his children. All weekend long God uses our humble acts of love to make a huge difference in the lives of participants.
God is capable of all things, even turning the smallest bread and fishes we have to offer into life changing events. In this story, God uses the selfless act of giving the fish and bread that people had to impact the lives of 5000. This transformation started from something small but turned into something BIG. God can do the same thing with you! Don’t believe the lie that you are too small or too young to spread God’s kingdom. He can and will use you! God will use what small things you can give these weekends, just you watch. He will be doing amazing things, and I can’t wait to see what is in store.
Cara Mastic (LOG #49)