Receiving Ministry Gifts
“11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat…” John 6:11-12 NIV
John 6:11 shows us what Jesus does with gifts given to Him for ministry. This passage reveals how ministry leaders are to receive gifts given to ministry and how to live in accordance to the Gospel.
Received. First Jesus took the gift. He received the fish and loaves. He received what was given.
Thanked. Second, He gave thanks for the bread and fish. He didn’t say the gift was too little. He gave thanks for what was received.
Distributed. Third, He distributed the gift. The gift given was distributed to serve the broader group.
Filled. Fourth, the people were filled. They had enough to eat. They were able to eat until they had enough to eat.
While this is how ministry gifts are to be received. It is also the formula of how the disciples are to treat Jesus in accordance with the Gospel. It is a shadowing of the life of discipleship.
1 – Disciples need to receive Jesus. Beginning our journey with Jesus, disciples need to receive Jesus as Lord.
2 – Disciples give thanks for Jesus. When a disciple understands the sacrifice that Jesus gave, we are thankful to Jesus.
3 – Disciples are called to distribute the message of Jesus. When a disciple of Jesus understands the grace given by Jesus, he or she is then called to extend the message of Jesus.
4 – Disciples are filled by Jesus. As believers live in the great commission, we are filled by Jesus.
Lord Jesus, I receive You as my Master. I give thanks for the sacrifice You made for me. Empower me now with courage and words to distribute Your message and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.