Philip or Andrew? The choice is ours

There is a famous story in the Gospel of John about how Yeshua fed over 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.

Here is what we read:

“Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a multitude of people were coming to Him, said to Philip: Where can we buy bread to feed them? He said this, testing him; for He himself knew what He wanted to do” (John 6:5-6).

The Lord knows what He wants to do, and, in principle, He does not need Philip for this. But for some reason, Yeshua provokes him with this question. Sometimes we get the impression that the Lord is kind in our way and communicates with us in our way. But Yeshua didn’t say to Him, “Philip, listen carefully how things are going to be happen now.” Yeshua asks him what he thinks about this in order to teach him something.

“Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.” (John 6:7).

Philip says that it is all very difficult, very expensive and impossible. As we read this verse, we understand that by asking Philip a question, Yeshua wanted him to voice the problem that is within him, so that he could see what was in his heart.

“One of His disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, says to Him: here a boy has five barley loaves and two fish; but what is it for such a multitude? (John 6:8-9)

Not even Andrew, but some boy! Thank God for Andrews – for people of faith who, when Yeshua asks something, do not look for excuses, but look for an answer. Of course, Andrew is not blind and not super-spiritual, he really understands that this is nothing for such a multitude, but he is looking for ways to complete the task assigned to him by God, how to answer the challenge that was not even addressed to him, but to Philip.

Today, as we wait for a revival, as we want the Holy Spirit to shake everything, as we experience this terrible war, we have a choice before us. We van either deny the Lord and His call in our lives, saying: “It’s expensive, it’s difficult and impossible ,” or we will react like Andrew and say: “There is a boy, there are fish. I don’t know how it will be. But, if necessary, Lord, I am ready, I will seek, I will call, I will pray, I will act. And You do Your miracles.”

It doesn’t matter how much money we have, what kind of education and what happens in our lives. It is important how we respond to the challenge that the Lord sends to us personally and to those people who are next to us, who do not know what to do and cannot respond to God’s call. Today, the choice is ours: either we will look for excuses why in this difficult situation we cannot do this or that, or we will listen carefully to the Lord, help each other and participate in God’s work.

Yuri Bereza, senior minister of KEMO.

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