Relying on Christ

28 Mar

Hello again!

The following verses are during the “Feeding of the Five Thousand”. — This is what God gave me today in His word:

And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” (Mark 6:35-38)

And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. (Mark 6:41-43)

Notice the first part of those verses; Jesus asks His disciples to give the people something to eat. Now, this may seem like nigh on sarcasm on Jesus’ part; obviously they couldn’t hope to feed so many people, and Jesus knew that. He told them to feed the people, not because He thought they could actually do so, but, even in this, to teach them a lesson. They only had some bread and a few fish to offer, yet Jesus can multiply the little. Jesus was trying to teach His disciples a lesson which we all must learn;  reliance on Him! We may think we’re great speakers, or great writers (etc.) all we want, the reality will still be that we’re unable to feed the crowd assembled before us.

Relying on Christ is our only hope. We can’t minister to anyone by ourselves. Is it not much better to, by listening to Him speaking to us through His word, and through talking with Him in prayer, to rely on Christ; the one who is able to not only feed the crowd, but have twelve baskets full of food left over?

The point being this: we must rely on Jesus; He’s our savior, He died for us, I’d dare to say He’s capable of helping us minister to the World around us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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2 responses to “Relying on Christ

  1. Bob Bevington

    March 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Joshua! It’s SO encouraging to read this!

    In His sovereign grace He places us in “situations” and teaches us to trust.

    “I believe, help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24. He does help, and miracles of transformation happen!


    • Joshua Cleveland

      March 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Thank you Bob; some of the time Jesus puts us, on purpose, into situations we simply cannot handle. Which is why, as the verse you quoted says, we must believe, and if we don’t, we have to ask Jesus to help our unbelief. Believing that He can help, is the step that comes right before asking Him to help.

      And I agree, He does indeed help when we cry out to Him, as well as miraculously transform our unbelieving hearts to believe. Praise Him for that. 🙂



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