January 11, 2012

The Great Delegator

I have always found it fascinating that God desires for us to be apart of his tremendous story, while inviting us to assist Him in His perfect plan. What makes this so remarkable is the fact that God doesn’t need our help. If truth were told, His perfect plan is going to take place regardless of whether or not you and I are with or against Him. Nonetheless, the creator of the heavens and the earth, He who spoke life into existence wants you and I to be apart of what He’s doing in the world. In fact, God is such a team player; we find that he often delegates the best parts of the story to you and I.

Take for example the time Jesus fed over 5,000 people. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:15-21

Technically Jesus only gave food to his disciples. It was actually the disciples who distributed the food to over 5000 people. Now it’s obvious who is responsible for the miracle here, and there’s no doubt Jesus could have handled things on his own, yet Jesus chooses to delegate the feeding of thousands - the best part of the story to his disciples. On the flip side, it was the disciples’ willingness to serve thousands of people after a long exhausting day that created an avenue for a miracle to take place.

Both Jesus and his disciples impress me here. Jesus’ generosity in delegating the miracle to his disciples is incredibly generous, although the disciples’ willingness to serve thousands is what challenges me the most. There’s no question God wants us to be apart of his story, the question is whether or not you and I will be willing to do what that entitles. Chances are the task may seem small or tedious, but if we can match the willingness of the disciples we too will find ourselves in the pages of His story linked to the miraculous. Because “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10a