Ever been in a situation where someone asks for something? Ever been in a situation where someone was in need of something? Ever had the thought, I don’t really have much to offer? Ever felt like I wish I had more to give? Imagine this… 5000 men and their wives and kids all in need of food and all you can find it 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. People come around asking if anyone has food to share. How would you respond? How would you feel? Would you give up your lunch? or dinner? to the people? What would be the intentions of your heart? What would keep you from doing? What would make you do it? Is it a spirit of generosity? Is it a spirit of selflessness? Is it because you believe God is able to provide for all your needs? Is it because you believe God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more that we could ever ask or imagine? Is it because you have the assurance of God?
Imaging being the boy…Imagine being the disciples…Imagine being the crowd…
Consider where you are at today. You may not have a lot to offer. You may have debt. You may have little. Are you willing to take that little and give it into God’s hands and allow Him to multiply it to make a difference around the world?
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
(Mark 6.30-44; Luke 9.10-17; John 6.1-14)
13When Jesus heard the news about John, he left there in a boat and went to a lonely place by himself. The people heard about it, and so they left their towns and followed him by land. 14Jesus got out of the boat, and when he saw the large crowd, his heart was filled with pity for them, and he healed their sick. 15That evening his disciples came to him and said, “It is already very late, and this is a lonely place. Send the people away and let them go to the villages to buy food for themselves.” 16“They don’t have to leave,” answered Jesus. “You yourselves give them something to eat!” 17“All we have here are five loaves and two fish,” they replied. 18“Then bring them here to me,” Jesus said. 19He ordered the people to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, and gave thanks to God. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20Everyone ate and had enough. Then the disciples took up twelve baskets full of what was left over. 21The number of men who ate was about five thousand, not counting the women and children.
– from Matthew 14 (GNT)
Remember the poor lady? (Check this out…)
Some don’t give out of fear, others give out of faith! It’s not a competition! It’s not a comparison with what others can give!
It’s a matter of the heart. What does your heart tell you to do? God prefers a cheerful giver!
Today’s reading bring me back to a day of decision. A day when I had to choose if I would step out in faith and trust God that He would bring me to the His next/new calling. It was the day I had to decide to get out of the boat! It was an amazing journey that God helped me to be set free from where I was at and be able to step out in faith and walk where I had never walked before that I may glorify Him!
Let’s step today in alignment with the Holy Spirit that we may go where He wants us to go and we stay where He wants us to stay. Let’s live lives that will glorify God and allow the hope and the truth of Jesus Christ to bring salvation to the world around us.