From Consumer to Contributor - Part 1

OPENING PRAYER:

Lord, the day presses in.  Needs shout for my attention and I am inadequate to answer them.  Give me vision – Almighty God – to see you as provider of all I need. Increase my trust in your provision.

 

READ:  John 6:5-9

“Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, ‘Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?’ He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, ‘Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!’ Then Andrew, Simon’s brother, spoke up.  ‘There’s a young boy here with five barley loves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?’”

 

REFLECT: Will God be enough?

I had a problem.  Like many in my generation, I attended college for a year following high school and then settled into marriage and raising a family.  Twenty years later, I felt the Lord leading me to return to school.  But with one child already in college and another just a couple of years away, where was I to find the funds to pay my way?  Our already tight family budget offered no solutions.

As a child I had taken piano lessons, four years of lessons to be exact.  Combined with my love for playing and an odd lesson or workshop here or there, I kept my skills up and actually added to them.  I was aware that scholarships were available for music majors at our local community college.   I decided to see if a “nontraditional” student might be considered.  I contacted the head of the music department and scheduled a time for my interview and audition. 

I felt a lot like Philip and Andrew as I drove to campus.  The task seemed daunting and my resources sorely inadequate.   Praying and trusting, I put what I had in His hands and stayed the course.  A few hours later, I left my appointment with a full tuition scholarship.  Though I didn’t graduate with a music degree, those first two years of free tuition helped me finish college.  It opened doors that benefitted my family and led to opportunities to serve God’s Kingdom.

 

APPLY:

Jesus already knew the crowd would be fed.  It was a faith test for Philip and the other disciples. God also tests our faith.  We too can learn that it is God and not our resources that will meet and surpass any challenge we face.  Is God calling you to step out in faith and join the Unfinished journey? Is He calling you to finish your commitment strong? Is He challenging you to increase your commitment? Don’t miss an opportunity to see God be God.  Put what you have in His hands and trust Him do the rest.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

Lord, open my heart to put all that I am and have in your hands.  Help me trust you to provide what I need to face life and the challenges it brings.  I want to serve you in whatever way you ask.  Let me see you as the Provider of what I will need to be used by you for your Kingdom work. Amen.

Terry Schneider