“Unexpected Guests?”

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Christian Life, Giving, Gospel, Gospel of John, Salvation

Ladies, have you ever had unexpected guests drop in on you only to have your husband invite them to stay for dinner? Did you wonder how you were going to feed them?  We had this happening quite often at our home in Japan after WWII when G.I.s would come to visit my dad’s church.  He’d invite them to stay for lunch.  Knowing that my dad was in the habit of doing this, my mother usually prepared a little extra to accommodate a few soldier boys.

But try to imagine 5,000 people stopping by and wanting to be fed.  “When God is about to do something good, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something great, He starts with an impossibility.”*

The Lord’s disciples were faced with a similar situation.  At a moment’s notice they were asked to feed 5,000 hungry men and their families.  Jesus put them to the test and asked them, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat” (John 6:5)? Philip calculated that 200 denari wouldn’t even provide for them to have just a little food to tide them over.  Peter’s brother, Andrew brought to Jesus a boy with a small lunch.  It was like having a couple tuna fish sandwiches.  But the boy willingly gave his lunch to Jesus without realizing what Jesus was about to do with it.  I’m quite sure that his jaw dropped when He saw Jesus feeding all these people from his little lunch.

Question – What have you given to Jesus?  If you’re a Christian, have you presented your body to Him yet (Romans 12:1, 2)?  If you’re not saved yet, there is nothing you can give to Jesus.  You need to accept His gift of eternal life first.  Do you know how to do this?  We have God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages on our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

When we recognize and admit, from a human viewpoint, that we’re helpless and hopeless (Romans 5:6; Ephesians 2:12), Jesus can step in a show us how adequate He is and can be to those who will trust Him.  “Are you facing a hopeless situation in your home, your marriage, your job, your friendships? The first step toward appropriating God’s strength is to admit your own inadequacy.”*

The next time you have a tuna fish sandwich, think about the little boy who gave His lunch to Jesus only to have Him take it and feed 5,000 thousand hungry families.  God could use you, like He did Andrew who introduced his brother Peter to the Lord.  Peter was later used by God to lead 3,000 people to Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41).

The little boy, who gave his lunch to Jesus, learned that little is much when God is in it. Think about this, “Others see only a hopeless end, but the Christian rejoices in an endless hope.”* Is your hope (confident expectation) based on a promise from God’s Word?  Are you living by faith (Romans 1:17)?  Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?  Do you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day?  Have you displayed your faith to other people by being baptized (immersed)?

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