“Feed me!” That was the cry from the plant on Little Shop of Horrors. My husband was just watching the original movie the other day. “Feed me!” The plant demanded and he was hungry for blood.
I feel as if the world around us has a similar cry today, “Feed me!” Some are crying out for their idea of justice, they are demanding heads to roll. Some are demanding their idea of freedom – to be and act however they feel is right. Many are tired, some are hopeless. Oppression and depression are at epidemic levels. But the world’s cry is the same, “Feed me!”
Jesus sees this world. He is not condemning us. He has compassion upon upon us and he commands us today as he commanded his disciples when he walked on earth to “Feed the people.” Yes, you and I are called to feed this world.
As Christians, we are called to change the world’s appetite. This cannot be forced. We demonstrate a better option and people are drawn to the better choice.
We feed people with love. When the disciples fed the 5000, they had to walk amongst them to feed them. They didn’t stand afar and throw bread at them. We are not called to simply stand in our pulpits and preach at them. We are called to get in the trenches with people and love them like Jesus. We are called to Feed Them by reminding them of God’s love.
We feed people with a demonstration of God’s power. We heal. We cast out demons. We touch the untouchable. We stand in faith and we believe for jobs, for deliverance, for marriages, for children. We are called to Feed them by pointing them to the power and majesty of God.
We feed them blood, Jesus’ blood. Now I don’t mean we take communion but we show them the blood of Jesus transforms, the blood of Jesus redeems, the blood of Jesus forgives, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sins. Feed them the blood of Jesus.
Go out today in this world, and feed the world. Demonstrate God’s peace, His love, His power in such a way that it changes people’s appetite. Then feed them bread (His Word) and fish (His power). Feed someone today. Yes, you.
“Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins and give it to them to eat?””
Mark 6:36-37 NET