Luke and The Lost
God still stretches what you have to more than you thought you had. Why? Because God is still God. He never changes. When you believe, trust and obey He takes what we have and exponentially blesses it. You can count on it. Here’s the proof…
Luke 9, The Message
Bread and Fish for Five Thousand
12 As the day declined, the Twelve said, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We’re out in the middle of nowhere.”
13-14 “You feed them,” Jesus said.
They said, “We couldn’t scrape up more than five loaves of bread and a couple of fish—unless, of course, you want us to go to town ourselves and buy food for everybody.” (There were more than five thousand people in the crowd.)
14-17 But he went ahead and directed his disciples, “Sit them down in groups of about fifty.” They did what he said, and soon had everyone seated. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread and fish to the disciples to hand out to the crowd. After the people had all eaten their fill, twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered up.
What do we learn and believe?
–Never doubt God.
–Never say no to God.
–Always give what you have back to God.
–Always trust God.
–The Twelve were assigned to problem solve the situation. Jesus could have waved his hand over the crowd and “healed” them of their hunger. But He didn’t. He said, “You feed them.” What a great Teacher! Jesus uses the method for teaching good teachers still use today: Watch me while I do it, Do it with me, Now you do it while I watch, You do it with someone else watching. And it goes on…
–Multiplication came AFTER the blessing of God!
–After feeding thousands of men, women and children, The Twelve each had a basket of leftovers to pick up. Twelve disciples, twelve baskets of leftovers. Coincidence? Not likely. Each disciples had his hands on a basket. He uses each one of us collectively to accomplish together what one of us, by ourselves cannot.
–Jesus uses us in tough situations and circumstances to help us use our minds and hearts. He guides willing hearts and equips us in the process of fruitfulness.
–When we trust him, we get to pick up a basket full of leftovers! Blessings upon blessings, too numerous to count, are ours when we trust and obey.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I’m Yours. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. Transform me. Change me. Shape me for joining You in Your work to help people find and follow You. Bless us to be blessings back to You, to each other, to others who are in need and even to our enemies. I believe. I will trust in You.
In Jesus Name, Amen