A minister once told me that soon after he decided to become a traveling evangelist, he was standing at a bus stop waiting for a bus with a five dollar bill in his hand. He said just before the bus stopped, a gust of wind blew the money out of his hand, and Satan whispered to him, “That is the last $5 you will ever see.” Thankfully, he did not let Satan’s whisper stop him from his mission. He kept on trusting God to supply his needs and God did. Perhaps that was one reason Jesus performed the miracle of fish for Peter and the other disciples on the lakefront after Jesus’ resurrection. We find in John Chapter 21 that these disciples had fished all night and caught nothing. The morning after, Jesus prepared breakfast for them after telling them that if they cast their nets on the right side of the boat they would catch fish. They followed his instructions and caught 153 large fish. Jesus demonstrated to them that in carrying out the mission he gave them, He could supply their needs. Of course, many factors may determine how we carry out the mission Christ assigns us to fulfill. Yet many testify that when we do Christ’s work in His way, He is able to provide.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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