Our work in God’s work

March 9th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

Yes, God can do anything, but there are a lot of things he won’t do. For instance, we read in Luke 9:

      Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”

      But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

      “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there.

      Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! (9:12-17).

Notice that Jesus does only the work that only he can do—multiply loaves and fishes! He tells his disciples:

You feed them.

You tell them to sit down.

You distribute the food.

You pick up the leftovers.

We see the same thing happen at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:38-44). Now, if you’re the Son of God and can raise a dead man who been in a tomb for three days, you should be able to beam him out wearing a fresh robe and clean underwear. But Jesus enlists his disciples to move the huge stone from the opening of the cave, and when Lazarus is brought to life, to strip off the burial clothes binding him.

God never does the work we can do! We can’t make a sack lunch feed a crowd of over 10,000 men, women and children, but we can organize the group, serve the meal and clean up afterward. We can’t bring a man back from the dead, but we can move stones and strip off grave clothes.

Are you waiting for God to do a miracle? What work—that you can do—is God waiting for you to do before he will do the work that only he can do?

Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins

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