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One Day to Feed the World

Your ONE day can change their EVERYDAY


 

According to convoy of Hope statistics, 957 million People in the world today do not have enough food lead a healthy life style. 149 Million children under the age of 5 are too small for their age due to insufficient diets. Like you, Convoy of Hope finds this unacceptable. Yet, in a world with so many problems, sometimes we feel like how could I possibly make a difference.

How much of a difference could my little bit make?  Or this is TOO much and I won’t have enough for myself. 

 

Today, we are going to look at how Jesus handled hunger in his day. 

The story of the feeding of the 5000 is such a wonderful staple in the scriptures. 

 

Matthew 14: 13 – 15 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15 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.”

 

Crowds gather to hear Jesus, then evening was coming. Ppl were hungry. Disciples say… we should send them to the towns to find food. This was the Disciples reaction to the problem - In other word’s…let it be someone else’s problem that they are hungry. That’s not our responsibility.

 

**This is a common reaction of people when they see a huge need. There must be someone else who can help with that. Some organization, some church, some pastor…. It’s kind of like this story of Mr Brown. 

 

EX – Mr. Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient's bed. The patient was afraid he might slip on the water if he got out of the bed, so he asked a nurse's aide to mop it up. The patient didn't know it, but the hospital policy said that small spills were the responsibility of the nurse's aides BUT LARGE were to be mopped up by Housekeeping.

The nurse's aide decided the spill was a large one and she called the housekeeping department. A housekeeper arrived and said, This is a small spill!  You clean it up.  Then they started to argue if this was a small spill or a large spill to see who was going to clean it up?!

"It's not my responsibility," said the nurse's aide, "because it's a large puddle." The housekeeper didn’t agree. "Well, it's not mine," she said, "the puddle is too small."

The frustrated patient listened for awhile, then took a pitcher of water from his night table and poured the whole thing on the floor. And then he said…"Is that a big enough puddle now for you to decide who is going to clean it up?"  That was the end of the argument.

We have all been in situations where no one wants to take responsibility for things.. i.e. your job, chores in the house, watching kids…etc…

But in matters of the world, and christian responsibility, feeding the poor, is not an option. 

But Jesus tells us to think differently - when really it is the individual person’s responsibility to care for the poor, the needy, and the deprived. Look what he says in Matthew 25 when talking about who will have a place in His kingdom, meaning Heaven. Look at what Jesus tells his Disciples about people who are hungry and in need. He puts someone’s spiritual commitment equal to their compassion – Your Spiritual commitment should be equal to your Compassion. In other word’s…if I truly have a relationship with God, I will have God’s heart for the things He cares about. Jesus in Matthew 25 is clarifying who will be found in His kingdom, who is truly a follower of Him. 

 

Matthew 25: 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

What we do in the name of Jesus for others, Christ receives as to Himself – His body. 

Jesus is trying to teach: COMPASSION not OBLIGATION. 

There is a difference when you serve because you want to, than when you have to. There is a difference when you give because you WANT to rather than because your required to. There is a difference when you love because you desire to, than if you are forced to. 

We are not saved by our good works, but our salvation prompts us to DO GOOD WORKS for others. Not out of obligation, but out of compassion. There’s a difference. 

Let’s read on in Matthew 14 on the feeding of the 5000 – The disciples tell Jesus , it’s getting late, send the crowd away.. and what does Jesus say to them… Matthew 14:16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. YOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT.”

Jesus tells them, don’t worry, they don’t need to go anywhere else for their food… YOU Feed them.  You can do it. 

***Today, millions of dollars a year are given in the name of Jesus and christian charity - Just convoy of hope, Samaritans purse, and Child Hope in Latin America feeds millions of people every year combined. Samaritans purse has an annual financial donations of over 450 million dollars to help the needy and poor.  This isn’t even accounting for other Global giving organizations like World Vision, Christian Aid, salvation army, children’s hunger fund and cross international. 

But did you know that these organizations and many more like it are 100% donation based. That means not ONE person gets fed without a donation from an individual / a christian like me and you donating.  

-Think about it, These organizations are going into places that their own gov’t’s are not helping them, they are reaching people in desperate and dangerous places, and they are feeding people in the name of Jesus.  It’s individual partners, Christians, with the love of Jesus who willingly give so others can have food to eat – this is what is making the difference.   Jesus here, tells the disciples, you don’t need to send them on their way to the market… YOU FEED THEM.

 

The beautiful thing about the word feed… Yes, it means to feed them physically, but we also feed people spiritually.  This is the core of the Christian faith… you can give people food all day long and physically they will be restored, but you give them spiritual food, you give them truth about the love of Jesus and the plan of God for their life, now you give them HOPE.  Convoy of Hope doesn’t just feed them for ONE day, your gifts help feed them for ETERNITY.  When Jesus is speaking to the disciples… remember, these are the ppl who were going to carry on His mission when He left, He is telling them, “have compassion on people, this is your responsibility to feed ppl spiritually and physically.  It’s not someone else’s job. “   As a follower of Jesus, it is our privilege to carry on this mission. 

 

How do the disciples accomplish this task of feeding 5000 men...not counting women and children! We always say…oh Jesus feeds the 5000, but we forget the women and children are never counted in that number. There were probably more than 10,000 people there! That’s a lot of ppl. So when Jesus suggests these disciples feed the crowd..they’re like..you are crazy! HOW? 

 

Many times in the gospels, you will read one story and it will be repeated a few times between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Sometimes each book gives a few more details to the story.  This is the case with the feeding of the 5000. This story is seen in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. All 4 books. In John, He tells us HOW the disciples accomplished this task of feeding the 5000.  

 

John 6:5-9

5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 

 Jesus is testing the disciples…saying go find something for them to eat, get some money, let’s get these ppl fed.  Philip is like,,,,Where? Not even 200 denarii worth of bread – that’s about a year’s wages for an average person back then. Philip says, that won’t even begin to feed this crowd.  

Andrew saves the day! He says, Hey Jesus, I have this kid here with his lunch, but this is SO LITTLE for so many people.   The response of these 2 disciples is so typical of people today when they are faced with impossible odds. 

Philip – says – There are SO MANY to feed – 

Andrew says – I only have 2 fish and some loaves of bread –

Two ways to look at an impossible situation:

1 - Philip focuses on the greatness of the need.

2 - Andrew focuses on the lack of resource. 

Most people look at their own lives and the world’s problems through these 2 lenses. Greatness of the need, or the lack of resource!  And Jesus is about to wreck that mindset with one of the greatest miracles in the bible. 

 

Matthew 14

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So, the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So, also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

This boy’s ONE DAY LUNCH, fed the WHOLE crowd.  This was the first …One day to feed the world. This offering of a simple lunch fed the entire crowd.  Maybe you think, what could my little 100$ do to help someone… or my 50$ etc… When we put all of our little amounts together, God does something miraculous. One Offering makes a difference!

I love the ending of this story. See, when God comes through with a miracle, He doesn’t just stop at one miracle, HE ALWAYS EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS!  The disciples gathered up the left overs and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. Notice there wasn’t any fish left over.  That doesn’t save well…HAHA – Our God is a generous God – He always EXCEEDS expectations! Ephesians 3:20-21. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

In Closing, I want to show you a video of Chege from Africa. You know why I love COH and other organizations like CIN?? They follow kids all through their years. They don’t just feed you one day and leave you… many of these kids also receive education, housing, support, and guidance throughout their lives from these ministries. They truly make a lasting IMPACT in people’s lives.  CHEGE is one of these men greatly impacted by convoy of Hope. 

VIDEO - Chege’s Story