Loaves and Fish...Are You Willing to Give Them?
In the Bible there is a story about a little boy and his lunch. Nothing fancy, just five small loaves of bread and two measly fish. He happens to be part of a large crowd - 5,000 plus, and probably in his eyes is rather small and insignificant.
I'm sure when he set out that morning, he never dreamed that the little primitive snack he would take with him for the day would end up being the tool Jesus would use to feed a multitude of people.
What if he would have refused? Scripture tells us in Matthew 14:18, that after being told there was no food other than this boy's lunch, Jesus commanded His disciples to "bring them here to me," then directed the people to sit down. He gave thanks for the bread and fish then broke the loaves. The disciples fed all the people until they were satisfied, with twelve baskets of food left over.
Think about it for a moment. What if the boy had been stingy? What if he had said, "No! This is my lunch. Find your own food."? What if he had just simply slipped through the crowd never to be seen again? Would he have missed the miracle? Yes, of course.
This morning I was on my knees before the Lord laying out my heart to Him about some seemingly unanswered prayers. As I wrestled with thoughts of insignificance and frustration, it was as if I felt Him whisper, "Be obedient. Give me your loaves and fish no matter how small, and I will supply the blessing."
What if I answered Him, "No!"? What if I slipped into the crowd hoping not to be noticed? Would I miss what He wants to do with the little I've been given? Is my "little" insignificant in His eyes?
After finishing my prayer then logging on to my email, I noticed an "acceptance" letter for Rick and I to present our LE marriage seminar to a very large audience of law enforcement personnel. Amazing? Not when I consider who holds my lunch!
Today as you think about who you are, what gifts or talents you have, or as you deal with feelings of discouragement or doubt, hand over your loaves and fish then step back and be amazed at what He can do with a little if given willingly.
P.S. Watch out for the leftovers! ;)
Your article is perfectly timed with a sermon video I just watched a day ago about giving God what you have, no matter how small and insignificant it might seem to you. The widow in 2 Kings 4 loses her husband and owes debt to others, and risks losing her sons as payment to her debtors. Elisha asks her what she has, and all she can offer is small jar of olive oil. She offers it and winds up filling one container after another to pay off her debt, keep her sons, and have plenty left over. I'm reminded to take what God has given me, no matter how insignificant it might seem to me, and offer it to him. Then sit back and watch Him multiply it.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Matty. I love that story as well! Obedience is key. Giving our little can cause a harvest of reward, but we have to be willing to hand it over. :) Have a great Thanksgiving!Delete