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April 13, 2017

If I say, "Mountain House meal," do you know what this is?  If you've ever been on an overnighter backpacking, bikpacking, kayaking, or camping you've most likely eaten one or heard about them.  Mountain House meals are prepackaged free dried meals designed for the outdoor enthusiasts.  Packed full all kinds of things they no doubt fill you up after a long on the trail.


For me, these meals were great in the beginning.  Now I can't stomach the site of these.  Not sure what happened, but alls I know is Ramon Noodles are my new best trail buddy.


Why am I talking about Mountain House meals?  Other than it fits with who we are I wanted to talk to you about the story of Jesus feeding 5000 - Matthew 14:13-21


13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.  But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.  14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”  17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”  18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.”  19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing.  Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  20 And they all ate and were satisfied.  And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.  21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


There are two takes on this story, but I want to focus on 1.  The disciples were worried that five loaves of bread and two fish weren't going to be enough to feed the entire crowd.  Jesus wanted to demonstrate that when we offer up everything to him, even if it's not much, he can do great things.


The thing we have to understand is this... we must be willing and faithful to give everything.  Until we live committed to Christ, we will never experience His full power.


We're not saying this is going to be easy.  The first step is never easy.  To switch you mind thought from, "I have built up all of this for me", to "all of this is for Christ in order for me to bring Him the glory and further His kingdom" is going to be difficult.  


The best way to describe it is when someone is trying to get off the roof of a house and you have one leg dangling over the edge trying to find the first rung on the ladder.  When we first make the commitment we're just hanging out there waiting, hoping, and swinging our foot back and forth trying to connect it with the ladder.  Once we find the first rung on the ladder, it's not as scary.  It's as if all that worrying was for nothing.  This can be the same when we commit to Christ, the first step to living a life fully committed to Christ is always the hardest, but once we do we begin to experience the full power of His amazing grace, unconditional love, guidance, and strength.


Someone once told me: "Any ol' donkey will do."  I'm any ol' donkey.  I'm just the youngest of 5 siblings, from a small town in Indiana, but God has been able to great things with me since I committed fully to his way of life.  It hasn't been easy and theirs been times that I've questioned Him, but in the end I allowed doubt to creep when I should have let Christ help me find the first rung on the ladder.


Our challenge to you is this: be that donkey and begin giving all that you have over to Christ, even if it's not much He can do great things with it!  All we have to do is take the first step off the roof!  He'll provide the ladder!


Thanks and God Bless!


David Wildman 




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