April 2, 2019

 

More Than Enough
Stephen Heleman

The Hungry Crowd

John 6:5-14

5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

This is a familiar story to anyone that grew up in church. It's not one of the most impressive miracles in the Bible, and we might overlook the significance of it, but perhaps we need to look at it from the perspective of the boy that gave his lunch. He didn't have much to offer, but he gave all that he had. Ask yourself, "What does Jesus want from me?" Jesus took the little gift and did the miraculous. 

Give God all you can and He will show you how great He is.

I challenge you to take these steps toward offering God your life:

  • Listen to His words.  - Every day we have opportunities and challenges where we can stop and ask Jesus, "What do You want me to do?"
  • Know what you have. - You may look at your life and think you don't have much to offer, but you are a child of God. He has given you gifts, abilities, and resources. What you have is more than enough in the hands of Jesus.
  • Do not waste what God gives you. - How much of our lives do we waste on trivial things? Examine your life to find one way you are wasting your resources and give it to God.

Put your life in the hands of Jesus; you might discover the miraculous.

Guided Scripture Reading

Join us this week as we read John, chapters 10 - 12.
As you read, think on the words of Paul to Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

Use the following questions to help you consider how you can apply today's reading to your life.

  • What is God teaching me in today's reading? What is good?
  • What is God reproofing (warning) in today's reading? What is not good?
  • Based upon these, what beliefs or behaviors must I correct?
  • What training will I do this week in obedience to this correction? What does God want me to do differently?

 

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