“Do you remember when the Lord Jesus fed the five thousand? Do you recall how he had them sit down, row by row, on the green grass? Then, do you remember how He took loaves and fish and blessed them and then broke them and gave them to His disciples? And do you remember how the disciples started at one end of the front row and went right along that front row giving everyone a helping? Did they go back and serve the front row again?
NO! – a thousand times NO! Had they done that, those in the back rows would have been rising up and protesting most vigorously.
There was an absolute equal distribution of the food. Should we be training the front rows to share what they have with the back rows, and thus reach them with the Gospel, those for whom nothing has been prepared?” (1).
“And they all ate and were satisfied” (Matthew 14:20). Are we paying attention to the back rows as equally important as the front rows?
(1) Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 39.
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