Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down. “Now there was much grass in the place. So, the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So, when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore, they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” John 6
We have all heard this passage of scriptures taught.
It’s about how Jesus took a little boys lunch and fed five thousand people. I love this story. It reflects the love Jesus had for the people as well as his miracle working power.
Most times I hear it taught, it is from the aspect of the mighty miracle Jesus performed that day. But that mighty miracle would not have taken place if there had not been a little boy who was willing to share his little lunch with the crowd.
So often we think that we don’t have enough to make a difference to God, but that is never the truth and we see that through this little lad. All he had was the lunch, his own personal lunch that his Mom had packed for him that day; some bread and two fishes. I doubt they were very big fish because if they were a little boy couldn’t have carried them far. It was all he had.
He gave his lunch, or it was required of him, the Bible doesn’t say which, either way, he gave it to Jesus. Jesus blessed it, thanked God for it, and handed it out to the thousands AND THEY WERE ALL FED UNTIL THEY WERE FULL.
Can you imagine how he must have felt? Watching his small offering multiply until everyone was fed and full and they gathered up what was left. Can you imagine that?
So many times in life we think we don’t have enough to give to God. We think our ‘small basket’ won’t be enough to make a difference to God or to His church. But that is a lie from the devil. God takes all the ‘littles’ we give and blesses them and multiplies them and feeds the masses.
Each year as I look at year end reports, I am amazed that we give away more than we have come in. I can’t explain it with numbers or an accounting program, all I can say is God took our little and blessed it and fed the multitudes. I thank God for that.
There have been times in my past that I only had change to give. I gave it and God blessed it and multiplied it.
Two things I know right now, this month. God is calling me to give. Secondly, God is wanting to get something to me, He never, never has me give unless He wants to get something to me. He wants to take my little and feed the multitudes. In doing so, I too, will be fed to the full. Not only that, but I will be able to watch the miracle unfold.
I have not been able to stop thinking about the little boy and the small lunch he had. How he freely gave it and saw a miracle.
God’s word says He will multiply our seed. He will multiply what we give. If you doubt God can or will do that, remember little boy with the fishes and loaves. Remind God of His blessing upon that offering and ask for the same blessing upon your offering.
You may not have $5,000 to give. You may not have $500 to give. You may not have $5 to give. You may only have five cents to give, so give it. Watch God multiply your seed sown.
Don’t wait until you have enough to feed five thousand. Give what you have and watch God multiply it and He and you together will feed the multitudes.
I just love this story, don’t you? Did you know that 1 denarii was equivalent to a day’s pay? That means it would have taken nearly six months income to do what God did in a small lunch offering. You may think you don’t have enough to pay off your home or your car, but you have something you can give and God will take that small offering and multiply it to the tune of six months income. That is the mighty God we serve.
Friends it was not a hundred-fold return, or even a thousand-fold return…it was an unlimited return on that small seed. And, as we know, it didn’t stop there, there were twelve baskets full left over. Oh! my Goodness. God did what He needed to do with that small lunch and had left-overs. I am believing the same for you this year.
This year is not over yet and I continue to believe you will see God’s miraculous hand of provision in your life before this year ends. I continue to declare His blessing of multiplication on every seed you sow and have sown this year. Continue to believe and declare with me…and watch God feed the multitudes through us.
Prayer for Today: Father, I thank you for seed to sow. I ask You to multiply every seed I have sown this year and give me a miracle harvest…this very year. In Jesus name. Amen.
Father, I bless every seed that has been sown into this ministry this year. I bless it with the same blessing Jesus blessed the fishes and loaves with. May each seed multiply and produce a harvest greater than the sower can imagine, in Jesus name. Amen.