July 5, 2018
Matthew 14:19-21… Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And those who ate were about 5000 men, besides women and children.
I have heard this story countless times, both in Sunday school and in sermons. My response, by now, is: “Yep, Jesus fed over 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.” Don’t let Jesus’ greatness become mundane to you.
The disciples warned Jesus about the people getting hungry and not having enough food. Jesus responded, “They need not go away… you give them something to eat.” Jesus could create from nothing, but in this case He asked, “What do you have?”It is not this way every time but sometimes Jesus asks us, “What do you have?” Jesus already knew, they did not have enough. And he knows that you and I won’t have what it take to get the job done, but He still asks, “What do you have?” When you give to the Lord, whether money or talent, you can’t give enough to get all the job done. The key is, you are giving it to the Lord and He can multiply your gift to do what is needed. We are in relationship, on co-mission, with God. He is the multiplier; we are the givers. What would have happened on that day if the young boy had said, “Hey, give me my lunch back. That’s mine.” We don’t know what would have happened because the boy didn’t do that. Don’t leave miracles undone because of greediness or selfishness. This principle in God was recorded early in His interaction with humans.
Exodus 4:1-2…Then Moses answered,”But, behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’
The lord said to Moses, “What is that in your hand?” Moses answered, “A staff.”
And God said, “Throw it on the ground.” So, he threw it on the ground and it became a serpent. Moses only had a staff, but God made it into a life changing device.
So, I ask you today, “What is in your hand?” Don’t hoard it; give it to God.