Feed The Poor Sermon By Rev. Crystal Schmalz
I. Purpose: To highlight the importance of feeding the poor and evangelizing our world.
II. Practical Application: We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to spread the gospel, be witnesses of Jesus Christ, and preach and teach the gospel to those around us.
I can see the basket with the lunch in it. I remember the good old days in elementary school when kids brought lunches. Some of us ate hot lunches, but we all traded food from time to time. Do you have any memories like that?
I can see the basket now. It is possible that one of the disciples was carrying a lunch for that day. The scripture doesn’t say it was a boy, but myth has told us it was a young boy who brought a lunch that day with five loaves and two fishes. As the disciples walked into the village, I can just imagine the excitement that raced through their minds. They had seen many wonderful miracles, and spent many days with the Lord. I can imagine what some of the people in the town might have been thinking. “Wow, Jesus is coming to our town, what will he do? What is going to happen? What will Jesus do for us?”
IV. Reading of the Text
Mark 6:34-44 “And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.’ But he answered and said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ And they said to Him, ‘Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?’ But he said to them, ‘How many loaves do you have? Go and see.’ And when they found out they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them” and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.”
1. Today, the Word of God is calling us to inspect our hearts, motives, desires, actions, and behavior.
2. Today, His Word is calling us to think about our purpose, direction, calling, and talents that he has given us for kingdom building.
3. Would you like to receive something from his word today? Would you like to receive an answer from the Lord?
VI. Message (Exposition, Exegesis, Application, and Illustration)
1. There are several things that we can see in this passage of scripture.
2. First of all we have several different characters. We have Jesus, the multitudes of people, and the twelve disciples.
3. In verse 34, we see that Jesus is moved with compassion, because the multitude of people were like sheep without a shepherd. In his compassion Jesus decided to take the day and teach the people. Jesus saw a need and met the need.
4. In our world today we are surrounded by people who are in need of Jesus Christ. We have been given the Holy Spirit to be witnesses of God’s love, mercy, grace, and peace. Acts 1:8 assures us that when we receive the Holy Ghost, we also receive the empowerment to be witnesses. Are you a witness?
5. Just as Jesus was moved with compassion, we too must be moved with compassion for those we come in contact with. Every day we are at work with people who need Jesus. We see people in the grocery store, we meet people in the library, we see people in the hospital, and we come in contact with people all day long. Are we moved with compassion for our neighbor? Do we truly love those who are around us? Or, are we just concerned about ourselves and how we can make it to heaven?
6. Galatians 5:14 says, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Do you love your neighbor as yourself?
7. The disciples were tired, Jesus had been teaching all day, and they just wanted to go home. They told Jesus to send the people away to another village to buy bread, because they had nothing to eat.
8. Notice, the disciples recognized the need. They saw that the people were hungry, did not have bread, but they were not willing to meet the need. How many times have we seen the need, and not wanted to take the time, money, or energy to meet that need?
9. I Corinthians 12:26 says, “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” Paul tells us that we are the body of Christ. Are we the body of Christ? Are we feeding the poor? Are we reaching the lost?
10. It is not enough to see that there are people in Lansing that need Jesus Christ. If we see the need, but do nothing about it we are like the disciples in the story. But the story goes on, because Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson in the following verses.
11. Look at verse 38, Jesus asks the disciples what they have. For Jesus, it was never a question of whether or not the need would be met, it was a question of how that need would be met.
12. Jesus could have simply snapped his fingers, and fed the thousands. But Jesus decided to take what the disciples had, and use it. In the same way, God wants to take what you have and use it to reach your neighbor. But not just Lansing, he wants you to meet the needs of your community, your neighborhood, your next door neighbor, and those who you come in contact with on a daily basis.
13. We can have a dream of reaching the world, or of reaching the city of Lansing. But, the dream only goes as far as each person you are willing to talk to. You will never reach Lansing if you are not willing to reach your neighbor next door, that person you speak with every week at McDonalds, or the person sitting next to you at work that you have never said Hi to.
14. We should stop here, because this is a very valuable principle that we can learn from. Jesus does not ask us to go out and give what we do not have. Jesus asked the disciples what they had, and I believe the Lord is speaking to you today, asking you to inspect what he has given to you.
15. The Lord wants to take what he has given to you, and multiply it, but are you willing to give him what he has already given to you?
16. In this church there are many people with many different talents and gifts. Are you using your gifts for the kingdom?
17. Are you feeding the poor, and reaching out to the lost?
1. Today in prayer as I was praying for a message, the Lord kept saying to me,
2. I wondered what this meant, but I thought for sure it must have been what I should speak about this evening.
3. I believe that the Lord would tell us tonight to feed the poor, but what does this mean?
4. I believe this means for us to seriously consider evangelism, and to seriously consider feeding those who are around us.
5. In the story, Jesus was moved with compassion. I believe the Lord would allow our hearts to be moved with compassion today for the lost people in the world.
6. I also believe that the Lord would encourage us to inspect our hearts, and to seriously think about the talents he has given to us.
7. God has given us the Holy Spirit, and His spirit overflows just like it did in this miracle story. We need to take what is in our basket, and give it to the people around us.