'...the disciples picked up twelve baskets.' Mark 6:43 NLT
Most of us know the story of the little boy with five rolls, a couple of fish and 5,000 hungry men (to say nothing of the women and children). Jesus multiplied that simple meal and fed the whole crowd. It’s been said the reason there were twelve baskets of bread left over was because everyone actually whipped out their own packed lunches and tucked in. Some people, in other words, think of it as a lesson in sharing rather than an example of generous giving topped up with superpower faith.
But, let’s set aside this secular worldview! Instead in our faith in Christ as Lord, we see a God who both gives us a reason to be generous and then, out of His goodness and great power, multiplies a thousand–fold what little we are able to give. Jesus, after all, only does what He sees God doing. ‘So Jesus answered them, “I tell you the truth: the Son can do nothing on His own; He does only what He sees His Father doing. What the Father does, the Son also does.”’ (John 5:19 GNT) The truth is, God provides bread for us by multiplying grain each year in fields across the world. One seed in the earth results in a head of grain with hundreds of seeds. It’s the same sort of miracle as Jesus performed with the loaves.
It comes down to this: God owns it all anyway. If we give back to Him, like a farmer planting seed, He’ll watch over the harvest for us. It’s about your heart, about sacrificial giving and about saying, ‘Here’s all I have Lord,’ and watching Him multiply that gift, however small.
SoulFood: Rev 19-22, Matt 19:20-30, Ps 106:1-23, Pro 7:1-2
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