My ultimate goal in life is to be more like Jesus Christ. Jesus made it clear in His life and His ministry that He loved people. He met people where they were, and He met their needs. There are so many examples of this that I could go on all day. The third time Jesus appears to His disciples after His resurrection, He tells Peter repeatedly to “feed My sheep” (John 21:17).
As we grow in our walk with Christ, part of our job is to help “feed the sheep.” We need to be reaching out to those who need help. We need to be reaching out to a lost and broken world. When Jesus performed a miracle by feeding the 5,000 in Mark 6:30-44, He showed another example of how to reach out to a broken world. The Scripture says that Jesus and His disciples withdrew to a quiet place to rest. They were exhausted and needed to get out of the chaos for a moment. The crowds heard where they were, and they followed Jesus. Instead of being annoyed at this group of people who followed Him and constantly expected something of Him, Jesus felt compassion for these people. Mark 6:34 says that Jesus saw the crowd and had compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then Jesus fed them. Mark 6:34 says, “And He began to teach them many things.” Jesus feeds His sheep twice in this Scripture – once by feeding them spiritually (teaching them), then again by performing a miracle to meet their actual physical needs for food.
This is a theme we can see throughout Scripture, starting in the Old Testament when God provided manna to physically feed His people in the desert and then said to them, “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3). Jesus also quotes that verse when being tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:4).
Jesus knew the importance of meeting people’s very real physical needs. He saw a broken and hurting people, and He made sure that they were not hungry. I love that beautiful picture of our Savior; He cares about our human needs, hurts, and pain in this life. Jesus also knew that just meeting their physical needs was not enough. If he had just given the people a four-course dining experience and sent them on their way, they would continue to wither in this broken world. He knew that part of “feeding the sheep” is feeding them spiritually. God’s grace and mercy are the only things that can save anybody in our broken world.
So, how about us? Are we feeding His sheep? Do you need to get more involved feeding His sheep? Come serve a free meal on Tuesdays at our recovery gathering. We provide a free warm meal for people every week because we know it is important. After we feed them physically, we have our gathering with worship, a message, and table groups where we feed His sheep spiritually. Get involved in a Growth Community! Maybe get brave and lead one! This is an excellent way to spiritually feed His sheep. Did you know we have a food bank? It is open on Saturdays, and we provide free food to those who are hurting in the community. There is also the Community Center in Holly, where we provide clothing, food, and the Gospel message to His sheep. I am grateful for a Savior who cares about all of the needs of His sheep.