The night before He allowed Himself to be crucified Jesus gave His followers a commandment that we should love one another even as he has first loved us. If Christians would be obedient to this command there would be no question about our goodness.
In all three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) Jesus responds His disciples’ request to send the hungry crowds away by telling them “You give them something to eat.” What is most interesting to me about this response of Jesus is that there are no modifiers. It is just a simple imperative.
It is a direct command, isn’t it? “You give them something to eat.” There’s not much room for misunderstanding, is there?
Jesus didn’t say feed the hungry when you feel like it. He didn’t say give the hungry something to eat when you think they deserve being fed. There is nothing in His command about just feeding those who believe in Him, or who look a certain way, or those who work hard.
No, Jesus kept the message simple enough for all who follow Him to understand. There’s no room for misunderstanding. We can all comprehend this simple command.
The only real question has always been will we who proclaim Jesus as Lord ever love Him enough to obey Him.
“You give them something to eat.” It’s a good test of our discipleship.