“Called…to Share”

On Oct. 20, Pastor Katy preaches on John 6:1-14.

6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

This Sunday wraps up our “Called” sermon series where we have been exploring the ways in which God calls us to stand up, show up, serve, and now to share. Through the generosity of a 12-year old boy, we are given the chance to see anew how we are called to share what we have. God doesn’t call us out of the time or training or resources we might have someday, God calls us to share out of who and what we are today. We tell ourselves there’s not enough to go around and that anything we have is too small to matter anyway, but those excuses come out of the wrong place. The truth is that we don’t have enough, but it’s less about what we give and more about how we are transformed through the act of sharing.