The Lord is sufficient in ministry

Second, the Lord is our sufficiency in ministry. Once Christ took his disciples to a desert place to rest after a season of wearisome ministry and the sad news of John the Baptist’s murder by Herod (Mark 6:17-32; cf. Matt. 14:10-13). Yet so many people followed them that eight months’ wages would not have been enough to buy food for them all. In the midst of fatigue, sorrow, and overwhelming need, Christ took five loaves and two fish, and supernaturally multiplied them to feed many thousands, with an abundance of bread left over (Mark 6:33-44). This event teaches us, in the words of James Edwards, that “God wills to fill his creatures with himself, to meet their needs with his surplus, to expand their smallness by his greatness, and to transform mundane life into abundant life.” In ministry, “our sufficiency is of God,” who “is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Cor. 3:5; 9:8). As we serve him, we may exult that he says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9).

(Beeke & Smalley, 2019, p. 649)


(Referenced by Beeke and Smalley above)
James R. Edwards, The Gospel According to Mark, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002), 196.

Beeke, Joel R., and Paul M. Smalley. Reformed Systematic Theology. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2019.

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