Last night, on our way to Bible study, we ended up driving part of the way behind a random driver (after pulling onto the road behind him). For some reason, one that only a young child could understand, my daughter asked, “Why are we following him?”
For reasons obvious to the situation, the question didn’t receive much of an answer: “Because he’s in front of us.” But the question did make me ponder a more serious one that she could have asked.
Matthew 14:13-21 tells us about one of the times that Jesus fed thousands of people with extremely limited resources. The recorded miracle contains several spiritual lessons worth noting. But my daughter’s question made me think of a new lesson that could come from this oft-studied section of scripture. And it has to do with what a child might have asked as their family was following Jesus.
“Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:21)
Say you were one of the thousands of individuals following Jesus out into the middle of nowhere, what would you say if one of your children looked up at you and asked, “Why are we following him?” Better yet, when it comes to following Jesus today, what if one of your children asked you, “Why are we following him?” What would you tell them?
You can share your thoughts if you like, or you can keep them to yourself. Either way, I thought it was a question worth thinking about because it’s a question worth answering.
“Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”” (John 6:67-69)