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The Measure of Faith

Mark 5.21-24a, 35-43
And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him…While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
The Twelve were sent out by Jesus, so they returned to report to Him and tell what God had done through them. After an intensive time of ministry, they needed rest, so Jesus and the apostles went off by themselves. It is good to minister to the needs of people, but it is also good to take care of yourself so you are strong enough to minister again. Dr. Vance Havner used to say, "If you don't come apart and rest, you will come apart!"

Jesus tried to withdraw from the crowds, but His attempt was not successful. God's Servant cannot even take time off to rest! The people followed Him, and He had compassion on them and taught them and then fed them. The feeding of the 5,000 is recorded in all four Gospels, so it is an important miracle. The disciples' solution to the problem was "go and buy" (v. 37), but Jesus' solution was "Go and see" (v. 38). Always start with what you have before you ask God to give you more. The miracle of multiplication took place in the hands of Jesus. He was the manufacturer; the disciples were only the distributors. How wonderful to have a Master who can solve every problem, meet every need, and enable us to minister to others. Don’t let your lack of resources blind you to seeing God’s power. Often your meager resources are the starting point for what God wants to do.

Pastor Jeff
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