Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
There is a lad here …
Yesterday we left off talking about the Lad whose lunch Jesus used for the material of a miracle. Though this is just metaphor we would be missing a great lesson if we overlook what this young man represents, for like us, he is facing a world in need of ministry.
The Lad, perhaps a Teen-ager. He’s still growing. Not just starting, but not fully arrived, he’s in the process. He’s not where he use to be, but he’s not yet where he will be. Like David when he slew Goliath, he still has a ways to go but at this very moment he has what God needs to work through. And this young lad is us.
It’s really amazing how much the circumstances factored in this young man’s ministry. A large part of being used by God is simply being there when the Lord is going to do something.
There is a lad here…
You need to be where God is wanting to move. We put a great deal of emphasis on training, education and character development, in order to prepare people for ministry. That’s OK. Preparation is important. But there are so many people who have been more than prepared for a long time, but never put themselves in the place where God wants to move.
This young man was not pressed into service either. I can’t imagine the disciples starting to shake down the people to find someone with food. And finding the lad, grabbing him by the arm and dragging him to Jesus, saying, ”There is a lad here .” No, more than likely the young man heard they were trying to figure out where to get food and he walked over to Andrew and offered his lunch. As silly as it may seem to offer a sack of drive-through food for a multitudes needs, remember this:
Jesus had asked for something
John 6:5 Jesus saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
That is HUGE! When Jesus asks for something you’d better know that somethings about to happen. The very next verse says,
John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
If you’ve ever been in a place where God moves then you know that He often leads with a request. Then the atmosphere becomes charged with a peculiar sense of faith. People aren’t sure what’s going to happen, but the sense of a happening is definitely falling on them. And it causes them to start responding, even if it seems insufficient. In this moment all the preparation and holy living will amount to little if you don’t step up to say, Here, I have something to offer. More of the great men and women of the Bible and of history entered the spotlight simply by stepping through the moment of availability, then all the schools and mentoring programs have ever produced. You’ve got to be there, offering what you can, when the moment comes. No amount of preparation, ability or popular backing, will ever make up for lack of action in the moment of opportunity. Remember that the secret of being used of God to do great things is that HE DOES IT.
John 6:6 for he himself knew what he would do.
Your little sack of half-eaten chicken isn’t going to fill the cavities much less the bellies of the multitude. But the fact that you’re there and step forward, offering it, means you’re the one God will use. Far more holy and qualified people sit back in jealous judgment of those who are used of God, without ever considering the obvious. And that is this: God isn’t going to come drag you out from in front of our TV to use you. You have to be there.
Stay On The Path!