What do you have..?

September 18, 2017

And He *said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they *said, “Five, and two fish.” …And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied..” Mark 6:38, 41-42 New American Standard

Jesus may ask you the impossible today. It could be a monumental task with few resources available. It could be a simple act of kindness to a stranger. Even more, it could be a life-changing display of forgiveness. All three require more of you than you possess. Because the work Jesus asks of you always requires faith .. a trust and surrender that God is at your side. His work in you always points your life towards the Son.  Jesus asks you the same thing He ask the disciples: “How many ……….. do you have?” His question is personal to each of us. He’s not trying to shame or embarrass you. He’s asking for what He sees in you. What He does next with what you give Him is unfathomable. He gives thanks and blesses the offering from your life. He doesn’t condemn or critique what you give Him or how you gave it. He receives it .. gives thanks .. blesses .. and multiplies it for others. That’s what He longs to do in you today. Even so, He may do it for you so you can taste and see His faithfulness and goodness for your life. What a difference today is when you know “the Lord is for me”. That is the deep work of His Spirit speaking into your heart and mind. Jesus wants you to know that He is for you. That reality points to the cross .. always in the background .. and always out front. He’s for you this day. What is before you today? It only takes a moment …

The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to the Fellowship of Loaves and Fishes (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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