Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 1, 2016

Feeding The Lives of Others

feb1“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15 (ESV)

Looking out my office window, I just witnessed lots of black birds swarming on our snow covered yard. Why? Well for the past two days, we have been putting out seed and bread for three black birds that were perched on our fence. Yesterday the number doubled, and we watched them nibble away at the crumbs. And so today, it seems our feeding of three and our feeding of six multiplied even more. Why? Because they knew where to be fed so they brought others with them.

Every day, we have an opportunity to feed the lives of the people we work with, encounter and do life with. Sometimes it’s an encouragement we share. Often it may be a kindness we do. But frequently it is simply the way we live our lives that offers the potential to draw others closer to God. And when they are hungry, desperate, hurting, challenged, struggling, depressed – don’t we want to be the ones who share the words of Jesus? Wouldn’t we love to scatter His truths and promises over their lives?

So while birds are feasting in my yard I’m wondering are people attracted to our relationship with God? It is so easy to respond and react in the midst of frustrations and stress. It is so easy to take those we are the closest to for granted and give them the “real” us. It’s too easy to leave others empty if we aren’t filled up with Jesus ourselves.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He needed no publicity, branding or platform. People simply followed Him wherever He went because they were being fed. Where are we leading the people in our lives?

“Father, feeding your people is not optional – help us to identify what we need to do this week to draw others closer to You.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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