John: 6 vs 1-14
Life is lived in a cluster and the people we keep around us are often a manifestation of these choices. Your effectiveness and ineffectiveness is intricately connected with the kind of people around you. When Jesus fed the multitude He was surrounded by people you might recognise in your day to day life as certain family members, coworkers, church members and yes, even ourselves. When you understand the people around you, you lead better and understand why they have been placed in your environment. Here are some familiar people Jesus encountered.
When Jesus expressed His intention to feed the multitude, Philip was quick to dismiss the idea as bogus and impossible.
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
The Philip types of people are quick to dismiss ideas, they are generally negative in their approach to anything new. Generally they are sure that it cannot be done.
An ‘Andrew’ is initially very supportive, he/she believes in the idea and it’s possibility, they even propose solutions but there’s just one problem…they will not lift a finger to make it happen. Nope, they won’t even participate but will agree at every turn. Sound familiar?
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish”
These are the people we consider insignificant in our places of influence. Remember God uses the foolish to confound the wise! The ‘Lad’ in our lives is always there within reach waiting to be put to good use. The Lad provides solutions and ideas. This a good reason to continuously evaluate the people around us and to avoid underestimating people.
When a ‘Disciple’ is given a task they are keen and quick to execute it with absolute excellence! This type of people may not have the means, they do exceptionally when they are well in whatever responsibility assigned, they take good care of anything that comes to hand. Our Prayer as leaders is that God directs us on how best we can assign these excellent people.
A ‘Multitude’ is well versed in the business of consumption. All they do is take, take and take! They seldom contribute to the places they are in and are reminiscent of many church goers.This can be avoided if we ask the Lord what He would like us to do for Him and His people.