18th October 2020

Hands-On Experience 

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV)

I taught my daughter to drive. She believed that it would be simple and that having me teach her wasn’t necessary. But she couldn’t have learned just with her go-kart experience. We learn best, she found, when we actively participate in the learning process.

Jesus knew this about his disciples. Once a great crowd showed up. Jesus had compassion on them and healed the sick and then at dusk, his disciples said, ‘This is a remote place. Send the crowds away so they can buy food.’ But Jesus had other ideas, he said, ‘That isn’t necessary—you feed them.’

You probably know the rest of the story, recorded in Matthew 14. Jesus had the crowd sit down, gave thanks, blessed, and broke the handful of loaves and fish that were to hand, and the disciples passed the food to the 5,000 men, plus women, and children. Everyone ate and was full, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. They had hands-on experience where they participated in blessing others, and as a result, they learned a great deal about how God’s kingdom works.

Jesus could have just told them what he was going to do. He could have explained how his Father was going to take those five loaves and two fish and feed everyone. Instead, he had the disciples do it. They got to participate in feeding more than 5,000 people. They saw their faces, they watched them enjoy the food. As a result of their hands-on experience, the disciples were transformed by being a part of the process. Their own faith was strengthened, and they learned how God’s love looks and feels.

God still works that way with us today. He lets us participate in ‘hands-on’ acts of blessing for others and we are transformed as part of the process. When we engage in, hands-on, we learn that we are part of God’s kingdom on earth wherever we see God at work. People’s lives are changed—and so are we.

Prayer
Holy Father, thank you for letting us know the transforming power of hands-on participation with you. Thank you for your encouragement. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study presented by Heber Ticas

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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ ( https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintent of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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