Are We Conduit Christians?
Merriam Webster’s definition of conduit gives lots of imagery of conduit. When I think of conduit on a house, it holds water or electrical. Conduit is the means where necessities get from point a to point b. We, as Christians are very much called to be a conduit.
In this story, Jesus expected the disciples to be a conduit to meet the daily needs of the people who followed Him. The people in this passage were hungry. By this time, these men had seen God do so many miraculous things yet in the moment they only saw what they had access to physically. The only provisions were fish and some loafs for literally thousands. It was not enough. Again they looked at what they had access in the natural not what they had access to in their supernatural relationship with Him. Did God expect them to meet the need personally? After all, He says “you give them something to eat” in verse sixteen. Just something to ponder. Many people are on one side of the fence or the other in debate over the meaning of these words.
Was it that their lack of faith was exposed?
Did Jesus expect them to trust in the moment that the limited provision wouldn’t go dry?
I’ve heard countless modern day stories how God has multiplied things to meet the needs of His people. Yet on the daily our faith meter is low. Christ was with them and yet they felt powerless to meet the needs of the crowd. The third person of the trinity lives within us and yet we act in the same way. Is His power limited? Does God expect us to meet supernatural needs through the conduit of faith? Yes I believe He does.
Without faith we will never be able to be a conduit to meet needs in this world. Hebrews 11:16 reminds us it takes faith to see these things through.
One of the most saddest stories I think that was ever penned in the word of God is written in Matthew 13:58. Jesus did few miracles in this little town because of unbelief. No one had faith to be a conduit of Gods work and will.
Noah was a conduit for safety from impending judgement.
Ester boldness was a conduit to save Gods people.
We are still conduits today…
A conduit protects the precious power that’s inside. We carry Him with us everywhere we go! We are conduits of His work here on earth. We have been chosen for this generation to be His conduit. Our limited belief affects what we see in the moment. This skewed view affects our faith to step into supernatural moments of need. I am ordinary. I am as country and ordinary as they get but so were these men. I think we believe ordinary men can’t do the extraordinary. Relationship with God gives us access to extraordinary.
I’m doing a study on Elijah the prophet and she really speaks of how we “pedestal” our leaders. God started a journey of showing me that I had idol worship in my heart several years ago. I believe I still do to this day. It’s a hard habit to break!! But I believe we idolize Biblical character as this author points out! God still does mighty miraculous supernatural things today! And He is doing them through you and I. These Biblical characters had to act on faith just as we do today!
As we abide in the vine, we will see ourselves as a conduit through which extraordinary faith can erupt. You carry precious power through Christ the world needs. Many times conduits are underground. Don’t dismiss the areas you are a conduit simply because it’s hidden.