Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” But Jesus said, “You feed them” (Mark 6:35-37 NLT).
I found myself doing this very thing and I immediately felt convicted. So often, many Believers who believe we have arrived and that we have it all together, have a tendency to want to dwell with those who are most like us (cliques) and send away those who are not like us. When they come to us seeking, even though we have what they need, we want to send them away. It is good when people seem to always want to be around us (especially those who may not be as mature spiritually or non-believers who see our light shining). This gives us an opportunity to minister and witness about the gospel of Christ; not always with words but by our lifestyles, our interactions, the way we maintain integrity, our speech, and the way we treat others. Let’s not become proud because We Haven’t Arrived Yet.
Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts (2 Corinthians 3:1-3 NLT).
We must remember that it is really not us that they are looking for, it’s Who’s in us, and that is Christ. So, yes we should be grateful that people are able to see Him when they look at us and hear Him when they hear us speak. But remember, We Haven’t Arrived Yet! It is not us the people came to see, it is Him and it is our job to always direct them to Him. Let’s not act like those in entourages of famous people; they are so quick to turn the people away, not acknowledging that the people didn’t come to see the entourage, they came to see the headliner. Jesus is the Headliner, we are blessed to be a part of His entourage. Remember, that which God has given us is not just for us to keep to ourselves or to boast, but it is to share with others.
God I am so grateful that You saved me by Your Grace once I came to believe. I recognize that I can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from You God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things I have done, so I can’t boast about it. Lord, help me to remember that if people are drawn to me it’s not because of me but because of You Who lives in me. My prayer is to always point them to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
So, That Settles It, We Haven’t Arrived Yet, so let’s not be quick to send the people away. They came to see Jesus, not us. We are only His conduits in the earth to compel people to come to Him. For some people, we may be the closest resemblance of God that they get to see in earth, let’s not blow it! YOU feed them!