One of the moments in the Bible that always floors me every time I read it, is the occasion when Jesus fed the 5,000. Conventional thinking calls that an impossible situation. How can you begin to wrap your brain around feeding 5,000 men (excluding the number of women and children) with a mere two fish and five barley loaves, (literally, a little boys sack lunch). In fact, for those of “challenged” faith, they dismiss this account as a fabrication, because it just doesn’t seem possible. In human terms, this would be correct. However, in the hands of Jesus (even as unbelievable as this seems), it’s a simple task for the master. Did you grab that? What seems unbelievable, impossible, improbable, out of the question, and the fan favorite, “are you kidding me?”, are all reasonable expectations with Jesus.
As we stand at the beginning of another year and begin a new decade, there is much Kingdom work for us to do. The community needs us. The city needs us. The lost needs us. The Kingdom needs us. Although we lack what we deem as sufficient help, we must not allow our imaginations to be defined by our human limitations. How many people on the hillside that day questioned the sanity of Jesus when He said, “here’s two fish and five loaves- let’s have a feast.” I am convinced that God left this moment in His Word to remind us (thousands of years later) that He has no limitations and that if we put our full trust in Him, we won’t either.
At this point, we need to refrain from pulling out our personal wish lists and asking God for all that we want - it doesn’t work that way. God is calling us to do what Jesus did that day- to do the will of God in advancing HIS Kingdom, (I’m sorry if that leaves you disappointed). It’s time for phase 2 of Loving God…Loving People… With no limits, and that is “One Impact.” Our focus this year is to impact the city for Jesus. How can we make “One Impact” on Port Huron? By walking in the power that all things are possible with God (Mark 10:21) and because of this; Our limitations are UNLIMITED! Remember “ONE IMPACT” is all it takes. More about this next week.