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The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is one of my personal favorites. I love how God uses a boy in the midst of 5,000 men, to perform a miracle. Did you ever think about that before? The Bible records there were over 5,000 men (not to mention women and children) at this gathering….but none of the men offer Jesus anything except hungry bellies. Yet in John 6:1-15 we see it is the faith of a child, a boy, who offers all that he had to Jesus.
I love Jesus’s response to this small donation given in faith…He accepts it, takes it, uses it.
Jesus doesn’t laugh at the boy and his small offering. He doesn’t make the boy “clean himself up” before coming to Him and offering his food. Jesus doesn’t question the boy and ask him what qualifications he has in trying to meet this large need, nor does He criticize the boy and ask him if that is all he has. No, Jesus simply accepts the offer, gives thanks for it and begins using what was given to meet the needs that were before Him.
Have you noticed the miracle happens after Jesus gives thanks for the small meal….before the need is met? The 5 loaves and 2 fish couldn’t even come close to meeting the need of these people, yet Jesus gives thanks anyway.
You see, Jesus knows something many of us don’t…there is power in a thankful heart.
I love how the boy gave all that he could give and then left the miracle up to God.
What has God given you to help feed the body of Christ?
Is it talents, money, time or compassion?
Remember, you don’t have to fulfill the whole need…..just give your portion. Give what you already have. Jesus didn’t ask the boy for more food….Jesus used what the boy gave.
GMG is a lot like this story. All the women who make up this amazing ministry do so out of their love for God. We are ALL volunteers. Many of us are moms with children still at home. Our time is valuable to us. And I’m sure if you asked us, we don’t always feel like we have “a lot” of it to give….just “5 loaves and 2 fish”….but we give anyway. We lead our GMG groups with the “extra” time we have. We love on the 5-25 women in our groups. We encourage them, pray for them and help them get into God’s Word….each day. To us it might not seem like a lot, but I can testify to the fact that God is taking our gifts and multiplying them to reach thousands of women around the world!
I think of our translators, many of them are moms with small children at home, yet they have a passion for God’s Word and for their fellow sisters in their countries and so they sacrifice their evenings to translate our documents for us. Small gifts and sacrifices yet when placed in the hands of God, are used to “feed thousands.”
Let me encourage you today to be like this boy, to give Jesus the talents, the gifts, the time, the compassion that He has given you…..even if you don’t feel like its very much, give it to Him anyway and leave the miracle in His hands.
And remember, you don’t have to “it all together” before God can start using you.
We have generations behind us who are hungry for God’s Word and in desperate need for women to put their faith into action and live God’s truth out in flesh and blood, giving them something they can see and model. They need someone to lead them. Are you up for the challenge?
Week 1 Challenge:
Like the boy in Luke 9, what can you give to Jesus this week? It doesn’t have to be big….just a gift given in faith. Maybe its time spent with a hurting friend, a quick meal to a new mom, or a note of encouragement to a struggling child. Pray and ask God to help you see how you can help those in your life this week.
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