And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. – Matthew 15:35-36
If you have ever worked for or owned a farm or business, you know that from production to sales, every step of “provision” has to be addressed. Without someone to “source” the product, there would be no delivery and, therefore, no consumption. Every successful enterprise needs a good supply chain.
Who is your “producer” and “supplier” when it comes to meeting the needs that your ministry desires to satisfy? When a church or Christian organization looks to its ministries and programs and compares them with the overwhelming needs it seeks to meet, what should be the response? Whether you are simply seeking to ensure that no one in your neighborhood goes without food or attempting to reach every person in a country with the gospel of Jesus Christ, you will be faced with the question of supply and demand. How will the demands be met?
In the second instance of a miraculous feeding, the crowd offered their meager gifts to an omnipotent Savior who in turn worked through “retailers” (disciples) to provide the necessary (and miraculous) supply of resources. In the same way, as Christ-followers we must always look beyond our meager resources to the Great Supplier in whom every resource is found and multiplied for the accomplishment of His purpose. Whatever the need, Christ’s Kingdom will be built with the resources (spiritual and material) that He provides. Our task is to faithfully deliver them when they pass through our hands.
What has God given you to give away today?
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with. – Billy Graham