Luke 9:12-13 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, we have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.
Don’t just talk about the problem faced by other people and what they should do differently, get involved and be part of the solution. Jesus never just talked; He was a problem solver. He got involved and solved the problems of those around Him and expects us to do the same.
When the 5,000 men plus women and Children who followed Jesus needed to be fed, the disciples recommended that Jesus send them away so they could go elsewhere and get something to eat; Jesus would have none of it. They wanted someone else to deal with the problem, Jesus’ response to them was “give ye them to eat” in Luke 9:13. What Jesus was saying to them was, be part of the solution, the disciples however, responded how most of us would; they told him that they had no more than five (5) loaves and two (2) fishes. From their response it could be seen that they were focused on their limitation: the reason why they were unable to be part of the solution. Jesus had the same limitation that they had, however, he chose to take a different approach. Rather than seeing what they had as inadequate, Jesus started by giving God thanks. Gratitude for little positions you to receive more. The second thing that can be observed from the approach of Jesus is that He used the little that they had to impact the lives of others. He could have sat back and done nothing, by concluding that what they have was not enough, but instead he had His disciples distribute the little and the little that they had multiplied to feed all who were present with 12 baskets full remaining. When you take steps to be part of the solution, your little can accomplish a lot.
Like Jesus’ disciples you might have been saying that your little is not enough to make a difference; that is not true. Purpose to use what you have to be part of the solution and help make the lives of others better. It is important to start with gratitude and you will realize that what is little for you is more than enough for someone else.
Life Application: Be part of the solution by identifying those who are in need and use what you have to help make their lives better.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be part of the solution and remove all limitations as it relates to what is possible. In Jesus’ name, amen.