AMERICA, AMERICA

America, America, God shed his grace on thee”
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

Today for the last 22 years we have been doing Feed the Multitudes on July 4th. It’s a living parable of God’s grace being shed upon our lives and living in the America that we dreamed of. Lots of thoughts run through my head, living in a city that likes to party and eat and be religious. Put them all together with the grace of God and you get Feed the Multitudes. What is this special event, I am glad you asked.
Its the gospel, the main message that Jesus and everyone in the Word of God have been communicating all along. It’s about love at its best but better than love, cause it’s simply about Jesus saving the lost. Feed the Multitues came from Victory Fellowship almost closing it’s doors in the early 1990’s. We were not paying the bills, our credit was worthless and our people were running out the doors like rats on a sinking ship. We thought God’s name was called “MONEY”! We were compelled by the Lord to begin to reach out to the homeless so that his house would be filled. Our whole purpose in moving to Airline Drive in the first place was to get to a bus line so “anyone or everyone” could attend. So we bussed in the homeless and you guessed it, more of our families left. They didn’t like the homeless “cleaning up” in the bathrooms or sitting close to them. (I couldn’t blame them, my first encounter was with a guy asking me for some money for lice……after he had just hugged me) I lived in my box far too long.
The boy with the lunch, or the widow with the oil in the cupboard, or Joseph with his empty grave, all had something in common. Give what they have and put it into the master’s hand. Victory needed to get her eyes off of our failures and our mistakes and find “what was in the house”. We, Christians, unbelievers or whoever can stand around all day and pick out each other’s mistakes, or we can come together and find other people worse off than us, and give them our little lunch or what is in our hand.
A.B. Simpson says this about the widow woman in 2 Kings-
“Was there, then, nothing left for her? Was she entirely without resources? “Tell me, what hast thou in the house?” And she answered, “Thy servant hath nothing, save a pot of oil.” To her that seemed like nothing, and yet it contained the supply of all her need. God loves to utilize and economize all the resources which He has already given to us. Just as a master workman can do a great deal of excellent work with very common tools, so God can work with very simple instruments; but He wants us to utilize what He has already given. It was very little that Moses had, but that little rod was sufficient to divide the Red Sea and to break the power of Pharaoh. It was very little that the lad on the Galilean shore had that day; but his five loaves and two small fish were sufficient to feed the five thousand, when they were given to Jesus and placed at His service. Our least is enough for God, if we allow Him complete control.”
Well, there you have it, “OUR LEAST IS ENOUGH FOR GOD, IF WE ALLOW HIM COMPLETE CONTROL”. Your church may not be the coolest thing in town, or your pastor, youth group, etc. But jump on board and see what God can do with the least of these. You can tweet, Facebook your opinions all day about how the church or Christians are supposed to be doing or not doing. Or better yet come join me and a few others as we celebrate our freedom in our nation that God has shed his grace on. OH, DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR LUNCH! LOL!

3 Replies to “AMERICA, AMERICA”

  1. I am not exempt from walking around seeing with my physical eyes and reasoning with my physical mind. After my rebirth, experiencing a miracle of unbelievable proportions, in my estimation, I still was entrenched in human reasoning, from a life of doing it my way. Then with spiritual ears open I sat down and heard about the woman and her oil, “Thy servant hath nothing, save a pot of oil.” The ‘oil’ represents the spirit of God. We, the born-again children of God, are that woman! WOW! God turned on the lights. Do not look at yourself or the tool God uses but see the unseen hand of God that wields that tool!
    Then I realized that this was not something new. God has demonstrated this over and over in the bible. He uses the humble, the most broken, damaged and incapable persons to complete the most humanly impossible tasks. Why? I think it is because the group that is deceived in thinking they have it all together, do not seek God. They do not make themselves available for use.
    The greatest example is the human form He chooses to enter into this world and win the battle that we were incapable to win, Isaiah 53.
    There is nothing special about me, I am no better than anyone else. I am a sinner, just forgiven. If I do anything good it is by His grace. I pray that today as His children gather together to take part in the festivity that He is putting on, we remember to take a moment and share the reason we are here doing what we are doing, with a person in need.
    Gotta geaux – AWESOME WORD! Got me fired up!

  2. Great word today! if i lived in New Orelens id come over and join you for this occassion, since i dont we will pray for you all today and the people you will see. God bless you all Randy

  3. Soo glad that I stayed! I selfishly scheduled myself for 2 hours..thinking that I’d do my part and that was that. But as the day progressed while serving others, I felt a sense of fulfillment. When I got home, I had more energy than when I left!What a joy to serve!Or rather Joy comes from serving others!

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