Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” Matt 15:32-34
The disciples were told to do something that seemed impossible. Jesus wanted to feed thousands who were hungry and weak. They had not eaten for three days. When the disciples objected with their “how” question, Jesus simply answered by leading them to do what they could with what they had. Then He took the seven loaves of bread and the fish that they had and it became enough.
“Fishers of men” have been commanded and commissioned to share the gospel with those who have not yet heard. Globally we’re talking billions of people! How in the world are we going to obey God and get the word out to BILLIONS? This is an impossible task. It would be much easier, and very expected, to tell God we can’t.
But, if we’re to learn from this biblical example of dealing with the impossible, then we ought to start where they started. Do what you can do with what you’ve got. What does that look like from a “fisher of men’s” perspective? Try this:
- Personally be on the lookout, every day, for those who haven’t met Jesus and take the initiative to introduce them to Jesus.
- Personally challenge and mentor others that you know to share their faith.
- Personally participate in mission opportunities in your community, your state, nationally, and internationally.
- Personally empower others (with your prayers and financial support) to go places where people have never heard the gospel.
- Personally support your church’s efforts to be strategic in fulfilling the Great Commission.
God will hold us accountable for personal obedience to the Great Commission. He’s not going to hold us accountable for performing the miraculous. That’s His role. He plans to take our obedience “little” and turn it into a movement of God that results in a miraculous “BIG.”
So what are you waiting for. The miracle comes after your obedience. Go do some fishing, you “fisher of men.”