Sunday: 29th July, 2018
Reference text: John 6:1-15
John 6:7,9 Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little’. Andrew said “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?”
As I read today’s Gospel, one question came to mind: in the context, which of the two characters mentioned would have been the best description of myself: Philip or Andrew? And I dare ask you the same question. In case you are having trouble making a choice, let me give you some help by putting the actions of these two disciples in a more practical context.
Philip was the guy who thought grand- he responds to Jesus’ question by stating the fact that even the 200-day wages of a labourer would only be sufficient to give each person a small piece of bread, probably just one bite. Therefore, he stands with the team called ‘the calculators’ – those who even in the presence of imminent abundance, manage to see the existence of lack.
Andrew on the other hand, had scouted and found a boy with five loaves and two fish. He had found a resource to be used, but because it was little, he says ‘this is little, practically useless’, those are ‘the skeptics’. The team of those who present the solutions they find, but behind their presentations, lie a mountain of doubt. So I ask again: which of these two characters best describes you? And this is not to judge -but to help us grow out of these traits which are often subtle impediments to our growth as believers.
Beloved, it is good to live in the present and in reality, because in those moments, we gain an appreciation for the place we are, how we got there and why we are there. However, to move beyond that point, there comes the time when we have to clearly ignore or abandon the reality before our very eyes, and choose to look through the scope of God’s lens with faith. No more calculations or skepticism, just childlike faith and trust in God’s sufficiency.
Remember # ‘ Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God'(2 Cor. 3:5)