THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
BELIEVING IN MIRACLES
Today’s gospel: Mark 6:34-44
The work of God is miraculous. The Incarnation, the virgin
birth, healings, resurrection--all these are manifestations
of an all-powerful God for whom nothing is impossible. Now
when we do God’s work under the empowerment of the Holy
Spirit, then, if we truly have faith, we also as God’s
instruments can do signs and wonders. Healing and mighty deeds
are gifts of the Spirit. One who has faith can move mountains.
As Jesus raised the dead, so too did Peter and Paul and other
saints throughout salvation history.
basic obstacle is our faith. In accepting Jesus as Savior
and Lord, we take on his heart and mind. We let go of the
flesh and look to the Spirit. We see things from God’s
perspective. We do not allow our human (and fallen) ways of
thinking to predominate.
see this in the feeding of the five thousand. The disciples
were concerned about the people and their need for food, so
they told Jesus to tell them to go and buy some food to eat
(v.35-36). Very practical and reasonable, wasn’t it?
Then when Jesus told them to feed the people themselves, they
immediately said that was impossible as they had no food (v.37).
Very logical, wasn’t it? They did not look beyond their
human perceptions. They did not expand their vision to include
what God, not they, could do.
Well, we know what Jesus did. He performed a miracle. He
multiplied the five loaves and the two fish and fed 5,000
men, not counting the women and children, and had even more
left over (v.41-44). What a miracle! Thus all the people were
full, were filled, were fulfilled. Not just with spiritual
but also material food.
is truly important in our work? It is to see “the vast
crowd” and to be “moved with pity for them”
and begin “to teach them many things” (v.34),
starting with introducing them to Jesus. We share Christ so
that people might meet and know Christ, and then start to
live Christ, so that their lives will be fulfilled. But we
need to go about our work with God’s mind and heart,
confident of our calling and equipping, and moving forth in
the power of the Spirit.
look at the overall vision, and not be sidetracked by other
concerns, important as these concerns are. We know we are
called to massive proclamation of the gospel, so we confidently
move forward on that, not holding back because there are not
enough laborers or not enough financial resources. We move,
and we look to God to provide, oftentimes miraculously. This
is faith. It includes believing in miracles.
the disciples approached Jesus to ask him to disperse the
people, they said, “This is a deserted place and it
is already very late.” (v.35). I tell you, brethren,
we today live in a desert rather than the oasis that God intended.
The world is in darkness and evil is all around us. We need
to help bring the light of Christ into the world to dispel
this darkness. We need to do massive evangelization. We are
in the end times. It is already very late. We need to work
harder and with greater zeal for the Kingdom.
By the way, some say that what happened in this incident was
that the people shared the provisions that they had actually
brought along with them. I strongly disagree with this interpretation.
If they had brought food along, would not the disciples have
known and actually seen what they had? And if some of them
actually brought something for themselves, would they have
had enough to share so that all who ate would be satisfied?
I dislike this interpretation because it negates the miracle
that Jesus wrought. It tries to explain things in purely human
terms. This exactly is the problem in doing God’s work.
We need to put on God’s mind and believe in miracles,
for they do happen.