SERVING WITH CHRIST — The Help of Jesus
The wonderful thing about serving Christ is that it’s serving with Christ: we don’t do it alone. As it has often been said, the Lord doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called!
Jesus’ sending His twelve disciples to preach and teach on His behalf must have been scary for them, especially since they were to take no provisions. However, Jesus didn’t send them out empty-handed! “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2) He provided them with the resources they needed to serve Him!
Jesus’ telling the disciples to feed the huge crowd was an impossible task from their point of view. However, Jesus only asked them to do two things. They were to organize the crowd: “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” (Luke 9:14) (They were to play maitre d’.) After He gave thanks for the five loaves and two fish, He had them hand out the food: “Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people.” (Luke 9:16) (They were to be waiters.) The rest is famous history: the feeding of over five thousand people with a boy’s lunch! Jesus did the miracle, with just a little assistance from the disciples. He works the same way today, calling us to do what seems difficult, if not impossible, in serving Him – and then He helps us do it!
Last summer while our mission group was in Mexico at Refuge Ranch, we gathered in a circle to pray. Julie and Victor need to add to the basement of the new house they’re building for orphans. The problem was that there was a small mountain of rock and dirt in the way. We prayed that the Lord would somehow move that mountain. I have to admit that as I prayed, part of my prayer was “Lord, I have faith, but help my lack of faith.” It seemed to be an impossible request.
Just a few weeks ago a mission group came from Pennsylvania. One member of that group was a man named Dave who owns his own earth-moving company. He made arrangements in Mexico with Volvo, a company that builds such equipment, to have two big machines brought on semi-trailers to Refuge Ranch. When he got there he used those two BIG machines to move that mountain! “. . . you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20-21)
We’re supposed to serve Christ. However, let’s remember that He calls us to serve with Him – and that makes all the difference in the world!