Day 122 – Game Changers
On: March 2, 2015 | By: admin
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Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to Jesus 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.” He 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.” (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking 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 distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. [Luke 9:12-17]
I’m trying to picture, in my mind’s eye, this well known scene. 12 disciples, 12 groups (I reckon), 12 baskets of leftovers. The hungry people may well not have been aware that something extraordinary was going on (unless they stopped to ponder what size of chippy van would have had made it up the hillside to cater for this giant picnic). The disciples for sure knew that Jesus was exercising miraculous powers. And, from the numbers, it looks as if He engineered the situation so that each disciple had their own part of the action, with a group each to look after and a basket full of leftovers to collect and bring back afterwards.
Why? Was Jesus wanting to show that each of us, if only we would look to Him rather than trying to work it out for ourselves, could be game changers?
People of a new Kingdom, with left field perspectives and fresh horizons who are able to transform the predictable landscape into a glorious studio full of creative new possibilities.
There’s an ambitious sentence to conjure with. Put less florally, we too can be part of the miraculous to solve life’s everyday challenges, thereby serving our fellow travellers and glorifying God.
How to activate this? Come to Jesus with our challenges, as the Twelve did. But then, rather than suggesting our mundane solutions, ask Him how He sees things. Sometimes He may confirm to us the obvious. Sometimes, though, He may challenge us to go for the unthinkable. That’s when the fun starts.
Lord Jesus, I come to You for solutions to situations that breathe fresh creative life into the world. Amen