But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Matthew 14:16-20
In the early years of my baseball career, I was not fulfilled. I was not fulfilled as long as I was just saying, “I’m a Christian,” and then going and playing baseball. I didn’t feel good. I didn’t understand my purpose for being here on this earth. I didn’t understand because my purpose was not to be a baseball player.
My only purpose for being on earth is to love my neighbor as myself. My purpose is to use any platform I am given to take that message and live it, and speak it into the world I know.
And then my purpose is to encourage you. I can encourage you to understand that your calling is not the same as your job. I can encourage you to combine your gifts with a mentality to love your neighbor as yourself.
When you do that, you’ll know your vocation.
You’ll also find success. When you respond to the call to love your neighbor as yourself and use your gifts to do it, you will find success. If you can have that kind of love for somebody in your workplace, you will feel successful.
I cannot love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength without loving my neighbor as myself. If I love God with my whole self, then I can’t ignore my neighbor’s needs. I can’t love God and go to my place of work without loving the people there. I can’t promote Jesus and ignore my neighbor.
I can’t say, “I’m a Christian,” and then accept the poverty of my neighbors or the injustice of their suffering. I can’t!
When Jesus walked the earth, He fought for justice. He fed well over five thousand men, women, and children that were hungry, and all He had was five loaves of bread and two fish. He said, “Hey, before I talk, we have to feed these people, man. They’re hungry.”
Think about that! Jesus thought about people’s hunger before He thought about their spiritual needs. Why? He knew that when people are hungry, they can’t focus on anything else.
You love your neighbors by learning their needs. You don’t just say, “Yeah, I love my neighbor.” You love them by helping them out!
Imagine the success you’ll feel when you can get the people in your workplace to be aware of what’s going on in the world of poverty. Imagine how it will feel to show people what it’s like to love on their neighbors who are poor and suffering.
You can help people discover how amazing it feels to love people that they don’t even know.
You will feel so successful! You’ll say to yourself, “Now the blessings of my gifts make sense! I’m blessed with these gifts so that I can help. It’s so I can be the hands and fingers of Jesus.”
The aroma of Christ will just flow off of you.
See you Thursday.