Today I am reflecting on the John 6 passage. I haven’t read the book, but I’ve only read the title, There’s a Miracle in Your House by Tommy Barnett. Tommy Barnett is the founder of the Dream Center in Phoenix and Los Angeles that ministers to thousands of people who are homeless, bound by addictions, or coming out of prostitution. I’m told that the premise of the book is the story of The founding of The Dream Center and how he spoke to his congregation about how the miracle was not outside of them, but it was right in their house.
Jesus asked Philip where they were going to buy bread to feed five thousand people. Philip tried to imagine where they could ever come up with the money to feed all those people and where they might get it. Jesus already knew that the miracle was not on the outside, but right in their midst. A little boy with five loaves and two small fish was all that would be needed.
I’ve been reflecting on the Christ Community miracle. In the last nineteen years we so God do so many amazing things and we witnessed a beautiful sanctuary built for the glory of God. Where did the miracle come from? The miracle was in the house. I’ve watched as people gave their talents to the Lord and put them together what God could do. I saw amateur musicians and actors come together to put on productions that Branson would be proud of because the miracle was in the house. Our church was not built on millionaires giving or selling candy bars. God raised up this church because the miracle was sitting right in the house. Thanks to all the people of Christ Community who continue to give their bread and fish and God continues to multiply it.
I’m writing this to encourage myself about the next venture in our lives. Our family is going to a church in Knoxville where expectations are high. I’ve honestly lost sleep wondering how God is going to grow the church in Knoxville. Where are the resources? There are fifty people waiting for us to come and I’m keenly aware I have no bag of tricks to bring. This morning I want to say to Bethesda Christian Fellowship that the miracle is in the house. I had the opportunity to have a conversation a little over a year ago with the pastor of James River Assembly of God church in Springfield Missouri. It is one of those huge churches with upwards to ten thousand members that sees scores of people get saved weekly and their ministries are broad reaching. The pastor told me that when he came there were fifty people. He said but they were not just any fifty people. These folks were ready to do whatever it took to see God do something amazing in their city.
These were the kind of people who I met at Christ Community Church nineteen years ago and these are the kind of people who I’ve already met at Bethesda. Jesus is in our midst and he takes what little we have and multiplies and feeds the multitude with leftovers for those outside our walls that still need to be fed. Christ Community Church as we begin this next phase our journey of finding a pastor to lead us and we may be wondering what the future holds, remember that the miracle is in the house. Bethesda Christian fellowship as we wonder together about the future, remember that miracle is in the house. For all of you readers in other places who may be wondering about your present circumstances, Jesus already knows what He is going to do. The miracle is in YOUR house!