Sunday, 8 June 2014
Our mealtime conversations are becoming renowned for their randomness. One day this week we were discussing liquidising goats testicles. The next day we worked out an emergency plan for if someone chopped off your (obviously, not in my case) penis - including detailed descriptions of blood loss and jokes about barbecued sausages (whilst I was eating a sausage). The following evening, we created new words to Frozen's 'Let It Go' song. And you do not want to hear them, I promise.
Today, we discussed 'what would you do?' scenarios. And here's the one that took me aback.
What would you do if you were one of Jesus's disciples when there were 5,000 people to feed and then a boy came forward with just five loaves and two fish?
Laugh? Cry? Feel angry at the boy? Invent McDonalds sharpish before a riot breaks out?
This is Max's answer:
I'd ask Jesus 'What are you going to do with that?'
You know, for all the funny talk about farts and pee, our kids sometimes come out with bombs of wisdom and this is one of them.
When we are overwhelmed with finance difficulties, busy-ness, parenting exhaustion and demands of life all we need to do is offer ourselves to Jesus and leave the rest to him.
That little boy gave all he had. Did he know Jesus was going to turn it into enough food for thousands? I doubt it. Did he have faith that Jesus was going to use it in the best way? Yep.
So, we give all we have into the hands of the One who can multiply beyond our wildest imagination and we ask Jesus 'What are you going to do with that?'
Our role is faith and obedience.
His role is multiplying to meet not only our needs but the needs of people we don't even know about yet.
Can we offer ourselves and wait for Jesus to show us what he's going to do with us?