We Have All We Need

If we have Jesus we have all we need.  Jesus is the Bread of Life and he is all we need.  He provides enough for his followers and so much more.  It is not always what they want.  Some of us want perfect marriages, obedient children, or financial surplus.  Even if the life of a Christian is taken though, they have what they need: they have Jesus.  Remember that heaven is eternity in the presence of God.  In the worst case scenario the Christian enters into the best.  So in this life, Jesus equips us.  In the next life there is abundance.

If Jesus supplies all I need, I have no needs.  I may have wants, but that is not the same thing.  We may want acceptance, control, or safety but we do not need them.  We are fully accepted by the Father as we are.  It is true that he still transforms us, but he does not reject us.  We are to relinquish control of our lives to God and use our free will to align ourselves with his good and perfect will.  We are safe because of the belief that even if our lives are taken ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.’  As you are anxious about what God would want you to do, as the disciples would have been when faced with feeding 5,000, you can let go of your anxiety.  Identify whether your anxiety is rooted in acceptance, control, or safety.  Then bring that to God.  Picture yourself holding on to that desire and then let it go and cast it on God because he cares for you.  Do it now.  Then move forward with the life of adventure that God has called you to.

Luke 9:10-17

 10When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

 12Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

 13He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

   They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14(About five thousand men were there.)

   But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. 16Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. 17They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Questions

  1. What did Jesus’ disciples say to him late in the afternoon?
  2. What did Jesus reply?
  3. How many baskets were left over?
  4. Why do you think that this is the one miracle in all three gospels?
  5. How does your fear or lack of faith cause you not to rely on God?  How can you ‘cast your anxiety on him’ and move forward?

Going Deeper

Read this link about FISH of McHenry.  How could your church get involved, or how could you personally help distribute food to those who need it?  http://www.fishofmchenry.org/

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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