Today’s Reading: John 6:1-21 (additional reading: Psalm 106:13-31 & Proverbs 14:32-33)
When I hold a basketball in my hands, it’s just a basketball. But when you place that same basketball in the hands of Michael Jordan, it turns into collegiate and professional championships. Put a paintbrush in any of our hands, and it’s just a paintbrush. But put a paintbrush in the hands of Picasso, and you get priceless works of art. If you put a trumpet in my hands, you’re going to get a lot of noise. But put that same trumpet in the hands of Don Shire, and you’ll get beautiful music. The bottom line is that if you put what you have in the right hands, you will get amazing results.
So why can’t we do that with God? Imagine what could happen if you put your limited resources into HIS hands? Think for a moment what you could do for the Lord if you decided to give him everything you’ve got? Even if it’s not much? Even if it’s just a little bit?
In this story, Philip is going to be asked to do something that he thinks is impossible. But he’ll find out that when you let Jesus use what you do have, things can happen that we never thought possible.
You know why Jesus asks Philip this question? Because Philip grew up just a few miles away in the town of Bethsaida. He knows the north side of the lake as well as anyone. He knows where the bakers make their bread. He knows where they go to sell the bread. He’s the man.
But there’s an even more important reason why Jesus puts this question to Philip. Verse six says that Jesus “asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” He’s saying, “Philip, I know that feeding all these people looks impossible. But I want to see how you will respond to a humanly impossible situation. Will you trust me? Will you help me to help these people even if you don’t know how it’s going to get done?”
Does Jesus still test people with seemingly impossible situations today? Yes! Definitely! Maybe you’ve been through your share of impossibel situations. Maybe you’ve said, “God, why are you testing me like this? How can you expect me to step out on faith and switch jobs without reassuring me that things are going to work out just fine?” Andrew was no different.
But put your limited resources into the hands of Jesus Christ, and watch him accomplish great things in your life and in your family and in your ministry.