Give all you have

The Doctor's Life Support for 22 February

‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’

John 6: 9

What would prompt a boy to offer his picnic lunch when he just happened to overhear Jesus asking what was available to feed five thousand? In the world’s eyes it was a truly senseless offer; ‘how far will they go among so many?’ But Jesus ‘already had in mind what he was going to do.’ So often we hear on one side people say ‘What a waste’ when someone is led to do a task in response to the leading of the Spirit. On the other hand we can refuse to follow the Lord’s prompting by saying, ‘I couldn’t possibly do that’. Our service for God is not what we choose to do but what he can do with what he has given us, when we give it back to him. Imagine that boy as he saw what happened to his offering. He simply was so in tune with Christ that he spontaneously gave what he had when the Spirit moved him. Imagine the awe of his mother when he got home and told her what had happened to the lunch she had given him! It is not for most of us ever to know what fruit will come from the words we say or the deeds we do, when we are attuned to God’s will. Our task is simply to empty ourselves of ourselves with his Spirit dwelling in us, so that, as Oswald Chambers puts it, ‘He can help himself to our lives’ whenever he chooses, and adds, ‘The mature nature is the life of a child … where all consciousness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is eliminated. A saint is never consciously a saint; a saint is consciously dependent on God.’

Written by Anthony J Radford from Australia

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