Warm up: Do you think you would enjoy being famous and everyone knowing who you are? Why or why not?
Read Mark 6:30-31
The title of Sunday’s message was, When I Don’t Have Enough. And, it’s safe to say that this is exactly how Jesus and the disciples felt. The disciples had just returned from a long trip of doing ministry and Jesus (pretty famous at this point) has spent countless hours healing, listening to, and investing into the crowds of people that desperately wanted him to meet their needs. The text tells us that Jesus and his disciples’ schedule was so full, they didn’t even have time to eat.
Are there areas in your life that you feel are draining you physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually?
Talk about a time recently when you felt like you had nothing left to give…
(Examples: work, school, family dynamic, needy friend, relationship, etc.)
Read Mark 6:32-34
The disciples are worn out, exhausted, tanks on empty, ready and even deserving of a vacation. Yet, as they are about to land on shore, what do they see? How would you have felt?
Have you experienced a situation like we just read? Maybe a day where you had all your plans mapped out and ready to go, then someone or something began begging for your attention?
Or, maybe you just got done from a long day at work or school, you’re completely exhausted, and you get a phone call from a friend asking to talk or meet up for coffee because they’re going through something heavy. Be honest…how did you respond to this situation?
We see that Jesus doesn’t get angry, frustrated, or even complain that the people are there. He doesn’t say, “I’m off the clock!”
It says he was filled with compassion when he looked at them, because they were sheep without a shepherd. He spends all day teaching and healing them. He couldn’t help himself.
Although full of pain and exhaustion, Jesus made time for people.
When you make time for people, even in the midst of pain and exhaustion, Jesus often does his best work. How have you found this to be true in your own life?
Read Mark 6:35-38
Imagine you’re a disciple in this scene, and Jesus just asked you to feed 5,000 men, in addition to all the women and children (10,000—12,000 people). What are you thinking in this moment?
What could Jesus be asking you to do right now that doesn’t really make sense? (examples: time, money, relationships). What feelings are attached to the thought of handing this over to Jesus?
Read Mark 6:39-44
On Sunday, Jon said, “Jesus invites us to bring him what we don’t think is enough, so that we can see that when it’s in his hands it is always more than enough.”
Does it feel like if you can’t give everything to Jesus you shouldn’t try to give him anything? Have you allowed this to stunt, and maybe even stop your relationship with him? (examples: I’m not spiritual enough, talented enough, extraverted enough, financially stable enough, etc.)
Jon said, “Oftentimes it is when we feel like we don’t have enough that Jesus does his best work.” What thoughts or questions arise when you hear that?
How does it feel to know that Jesus wants to take the little, the few, the only that you have right now, so that with it he can do his best work?
Living It Out: What do you have in your hand right now that you feel isn’t enough that you can offer Jesus TODAY?
- In your car on your way to work or school, instead of listening to the radio, spend that time listening/talking to God.
- Meet up with one person to grab coffee that you know God has put on your heart to invest in.
- Give generously to someone that you know can never pay you back (and don’t tell anyone about it).