John 6:7 – Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
Jesus had just finished teaching great multitudes. Hoards had followed Him to hear Him preach and be spiritually filled. But, the listening crowd had not eaten all day. As their spiritual hunger was quenched they forgot all about their physical hunger. When the disciples brought Jesus news of this, they began to be worried. Thinking practically, they thought that they did not have near enough money. They worried about the logistics of feeding such a large multitude. But as they worried, the King of Kings sat next to them ready to work a miracle.
It is easy now to laugh and realize the foolishness of the disciples’ ways. It may seem obvious to us that the disciples did not need to worry, but we do the same ourselves. Though Christ is with us all the time, we still worry about money and other things. But, like the disciples, while we are trying to think practically and solve problems on our own, the King of Kings is right there beside us ready to work a miracle. Whatever your particular situation, don’t worry. Have faith in Christ. He will work it out.
John 15:4,5 – 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
In yesterday’s blog post, we discussed why bearing fruit is an essential part of the Christian walk. After all, our religious experience should be more than just empty words or actions. Tangible evidence of our connection to Christ, fruit, should be found. But, now that we know it’s importance, how do we bear fruit? How do we change from barren, fruitless trees to fruitful branches?
The answer was given to us by Christ during His time here on earth: abide in Him. Abide in His word and with His Spirit. Walk with Him daily and abide in His light. Abide with Him through prayer. Stay constantly connected to Christ, for it is only through Him we can bear fruit.
Abiding in Christ is not an easy task. Our feet naturally want to wander from the paths of righteousness. But, it is definitely a worthwhile task. When we abide in Christ, we don’t just bear fruit, we bear a bountiful harvest. Today, choose to abide in Him.
Psalm 121:1, 2 – I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
God is still our help. Many things may have changed between the writing of this verse and now, but God is still the same. He continues to come to the aid of His children, bearing their burdens and comforting their hearts. He does not turn a blind eye to their sufferings and their prayers, but cares for them as a Shepherd would His sheep.
We needlessly suffer through trials, temptations, and heartaches alone, refusing to lean on the strength of the Lord. He is always willing and always available to tend to the needs of His children. Rely on Him for your help, and He will not fail you.
Further Reading – Hebrews 13:5 – … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Exodus 20:2 – I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Though this passage was addressed to the Israelites, it applies to God’s people today. Our Lord may not have rescued us from literal slavery, but He has redeemed us from something equally as enslaving: sin. At one point or another, sin was our house of bondage. No matter how hard we tried to be free, that sin still had a hold on us; we were under its bondage.
But Christ saw fit to redeem all who are under the bondage of sin. He died on the cross so we may be slaves no longer. Those of us who are free know how great of a blessing this is. The chains that enslaved us were broken and replaced with the light and easy yoke of the Lord.
If you are still struggling with a sin, know that you do not need to struggle alone any longer. The Lord promised to bring His people out of the house of bondage, and, should you ask deliverance of Him, He will not deny you. And if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).