In Mark 6:33-44, Jesus asked the disciples to go and see how much bread there was to feed the multitudes. They came back and replied “Five, and two fishes” (Mark 6:38b, NASB). It’s interesting that Jesus didn’t ask how many fish there were. The disciples took the initiative and found that out on their own. The disciples get a bum rap most of the time…they lacked faith, they denied Jesus, they lived in fear. But here, they did more than the bare minimum, and God was able to take it and do a miracle with it. Sadly, we can get so comfortable in our relationship with Jesus and in “being a Christian” that we end up doing the bare minimum for Him. In essence, we go through the motions of what might be called “the Christian life”. We read a couple chapters from His word each day, we spend some minutes in prayer, we give our 10%, we try to witness every now and then, and then we get on with life and we believe that it’s OK. We live as if our “life” is separate from the “Christian life” we live. Does God deserve more than the bare minimum from us? Does a lost and dying world where billions haven’t heard the Gospel deserve more than our bare minimum? Do the orphans, widows, hungry, thirsty, oppressed deserve more than our bare minimum? He gave His all for us at Calvary, can we give more than just the bare minimum for Him? If we give more than the bare minimum, God may just be able to do a miracle through it and a lost world might finally hear about Jesus!
Who would have thought that a tagline from a beer commercial would describe so well the essence of the Christian life? It is sad that we can so easily lose our thirst for knowing God in all of His fullness and glory and majesty and holiness and splendor. We get caught up in, as John writes "…everything that belongs to the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one's lifestyle…" (1 John 2:16, HCSV) and lose our desire to know God. Oh, that our lives would reflect the heart of the Psalmist when He wrote "Whom do I have in heaven but you? And I desire nothing on earth but you." (Ps. 73:25, HCSV). God. help us to live in the promise "I am the bread of life. He who come to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6:35, NKJV). Lord, help us stay thirsty for you!!!
The theme the Lord has been speaking to my heart about this month is passion. To reach a lost and dying world more effectively is not going to take better methods or more gimmicks, but a renewed passion from the Lord that the sets our hearts on fire for Him. When our hearts are burning for Jesus, we'll reclaim and urgency to the task of telling others Jesus saves. We'll be reminded that our assignment is to go makes disciples and as we tell others about our Jesus, He will renew our joy and refresh our worship. When our hearts are burning for Jesus, we'll pray with an urgency for the lost to be saved and the for God to answer in a mighty way. When God's people were in difficult situations, they just didn't pray, they cried out unto the Lord. Have we called out unto Him in a mighty way recently to save a lost soul, see someone healed, conquer a troublesome sin or habit. God responds to our cries, our calling out. We might see His hand at work so much more if we would let Him set our hearts on fire.