THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK “5 INGREDIENTS FOR A MIRACLE”
By: Mark Johnson
God is all-powerful (Rev. 1:8)! He can do anything (Jer. 32:27; Matt. 19:26)! Miracles are no big deal for God. Therefore, if we believe in God, nothing is impossible for us (Matt. 17:20). Through faith in God we can access the attributes of God on our behalf.
What is a miracle? A miracle is the temporary suspension or superseding of natural laws. Sooner or later, we all need a miracle (physical, emotional, relational, financial, behavioral, etc.).
From the story of Jesus feeding the multitude in Matt. 14:13-21, I’m going to point out 5 ingredients for a miracle. Not every ingredient will always be needed before God will do a miracle, but these are common ingredients found when God does miracles.
Just as the oven bakes the cake when you supply it with the right ingredients, God does the miracle when we supply Him with the right ingredients.
I. A NEED FOR A MIRACLE (Matt. 14:15).
There was a need for a miracle – hungry people without enough food to eat or enough money to buy the food. Jesus doesn’t do miracles to entertain people or satisfy their curiosity. Sooner or later, we all need a miracle. Are you currently in need of a miracle? If so, you already have the first ingredient for a miracle!
II. A WORD FOR A MIRACLE (Matt. 14:16).
Jesus told His disciples to give them something to eat. Because there was no way for them to do this in the natural, they now had a word from Jesus regarding His wanting them to be a part of facilitating a miracle. Seek God for a Word regarding your need for a miracle.
III. A SEED FOR A MIRACLE (Matt. 14:17).
Often God will use a seed as an ingredient for a miracle. He used a child’s lunch as the seed for a miracle that day (Jn. 6:8-9). Don’t focus on what you don’t have, but what you do have (2Cor. 9:10). Focus on the seed, not the need! Don’t compare what you have to what you need, but see what you have as a seed for a miracle. One seed of corn can produce 700 – 1,400 kernels!
Bring your seed to Jesus and do what He says with it (Matt. 14:18). When you yield your seed to Jesus, He can bless it, break it, and give it (Matt. 14:19)
IV. A PREPARATION FOR A MIRACLE (Matt. 14:19; Lk. 9:14b).
Jesus prepared for the miracle by organizing the people in groups of 50 (Lk. 9:14b). Why? To make it easier to get the food to all the people. To know who had and hadn’t yet gotten the food. To know how many people were in the crowd. Some people have the mistaken idea that planning and organizing is unspiritual. God does things decently and in order. Is there any preparation you need to do to be ready to facilitate your miracle?
V. AN ACTIVATION FOR A MIRACLE (Matt. 14:19c).
I believe that the fish and loaves multiplied in the disciples’ hands as they broke it and gave it out to the people. Jesus wanted them to be a part of working the miracle. He wanted them to use what faith they had and He would give them more.
Use what little faith you have, believing God to do the miracle and increase your faith (Lk. 6:38; 16:10; 19:17; Matt. 17:20)!
Do you need a miracle in your life? Will you gather and present the ingredients for a miracle to Jesus? 1) A Need for a miracle. 2) A Word for a miracle. 3) A Seed for a miracle. 4) A Preparation for a miracle. And 5) An Activation for a miracle