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When Jesus Asks You What to Do

Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming to Him. “Where are we going to buy bread,” He said to Philip, “so that they can have something to eat?” (He said this to test him. He knew what he intended to do.)    John 6:5-6

When we see a great need, we often look away and say either “That’s not my problem!” or “Someone should do something,” or we imagine that the “experts” who told us about the problem are the ones “called” to fix it.

Jesus looked up, saw the problem, and knew what to do about it. Jesus also knew He was the only one who could do something about it. After all, was there anyone else available who could multiply fish and bread? Nevertheless, Jesus said, “What are we going to do?”

We are not here on earth for a spectator sport. We are here to work hand in hand with God, which is part of what it means to bear the image of God. Neither are we alone. We may see tasks that are impossible to accomplish on our own, but we are not on our own. Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20. So, Jesus is with you right now, wherever you are and whatever situation you are in. We must live and act as though we possess the same power, authority, and responsibilities as Jesus because we do. Jesus asked His disciples, “What should we do?” because He wants to work with us. The things that need to be addressed will not get addressed if we don't do it because our participation was God’s purpose from the beginning.

Your life matters.

What you do and don't do matters.

The miracles you see or don't see depend upon what you do.

What you do reveals the faith you have or don't in Jesus.

So, when you see the problems coming, anticipate Jesus’ question: “What are we going to do?”

If you will take the next step, you will see the miracles of God.

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