As Christians, we understand the power of one – one God, one Savior, one Body of Christ into which we are all called. But did you know there is another significant “one” in the Kingdom of God?
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we cannot see how important each individual Christian is to the Kingdom of God. Each one has a unique set of gifts, and a unique set of personal circumstances, and can therefore serve the Kingdom of God in a unique way. Like a choir of God’s children, we are incomplete unless every voice is present and every voice is singing.
And when we embrace this power of one, miracles happen.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus once performed a series of miracles and then traveled across the Sea of Galilee to continue His mission. When He arrived, He saw a vast crowd of people, but His followers immediately knew the logistics were all wrong – too many people, too little food. Send them away, Lord, they said, because we don’t have anything even close to the money we would need to buy something for everyone.
Jesus probably just smiled.
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up: “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:8-9, NIV)
Five small loaves, two small fish, and one small boy. Jesus wanted the challenge to be great so the miracle could be even greater.
The Gospel of John recounts the events that followed: “Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, ‘Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.’” (John 6:10-14, NIV)
The very next day, Jesus shared with the people His “Bread of Life Discourse” (John 6:22-69), which would conclude in an upper room in Jerusalem on the night before He died and which many Christians still celebrate today in the various forms of the Lord’s Supper.
And it all began one day with just one boy.
Did you ever wonder what happened with that boy after Jesus and His disciples moved on? The Bible is silent on this point, but human experience would indicate that, despite his age and relative unimportance to the crowds who gathered on those two incredible days, the boy was probably never the same. How could anyone witness – indeed, be a part of – such a miracle and not be changed?
That, my friend, is your story as well.
When you first repented and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, a miracle of cosmic proportions occurred: your sins were forgiven (Luke 24:47), you became a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and you began to bring forth fruit for the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:22-23). Feeding five thousand hungry people pales by comparison.
There is power in the blood of Jesus, and there is Holy Spirit power in you right now.
From this day forward, never let anyone make you feel small or insignificant. Never let anyone tell you that what you have, or what you are, makes no difference. A certain boy who walked home from a Galilean hillside almost two thousand years ago would set them straight. And so would the Son of God.
The power of Almighty God is with you, and the hand of Almighty God is upon you. Now go forth and change the world for Jesus – one day, and even one meal, at a time.
-- Dr. John Morris