While civilizations have evolved since the first century, the same problems still exist. Although beggars, the needy and poor may gather in different segments of town than previous cultures, you must be oblivious to not notice. Strangers at a gas station looking for a few bucks, hungry stomachs at a local fast food restaurant sipping coffee or a homeless sign made of cardboard waiting for a good Samaritan to stop at a major intersection. Each is whispering a simple plea, “do something.”
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food,” Matthew 14:15
During the first century, the disciples found themselves in a similar position. However, in the passage above, there wasn’t an ATM, 7 Eleven or Wawa available. Thus, as several thousand hungry souls stood waiting for someone to intervene, Jesus’ disciples didn’t want to be bothered. Hoping Jesus would think of himself first, the disciples urged their leader to send everyone home. Not surprised, Jesus commanded his servants in training to do something.
Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat,” Matthew 14:16.
This instruction still applies to modern followers of Jesus today. Unfortunately, many people like me exist, too busy, lazy or tired to lend a helping hand. Despite recognizing several needs, my faith is inactive, forgetting to be the hands and feet of Christ. Before Judgement Day arrives, it’s essential to fan into flame the gifts the Lord has given each of us. Just are Jesus urged his disciples, the Holy Spirit is pleading with those who are still listening, “do something.”
by Jay Mankus