TABLE FOR FIVE….THOUSAND!

John, The Love of God

There is no greater peace and joy than knowing that God is at work among His people. Our part is simply to listen to His directions and quickly do what He says. It seems His first question will often be, “What do you have?” To Moses, it was a stick in his hand. To the disciples on this day, it was a couple of small fish and 5 small loaves of bread that a little boy brought for lunch.

Jesus invited the disciples to help him in the miracle that was about to take place. He still invites us today. Jesus told the disciples to sit the people down. That probably took awhile with 5000 plus people! Then Jesus blessed the food by praying to God in thanksgiving for what they had to give. What little was given was blessed and passed out to others. They ate their fill! There were leftovers! Jesus then invited the disciples to participate in this miracle by instructing them to pick up the leftovers. This act resulted in 12 baskets of more food!

The key phase in this passage thrills my heart this morning…”The people realized that God was at work among them in what Jesus had just done.” Jesus did not want the crowd to gather steam in their enthusiasm and make Him king for there was much more work to be accomplished. His purpose was not to gain position but to seek and to save people. He came to serve not to be served. Oh what joy when we realize God is at work in our homes, churches, families, friends and in others.

This was only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Feeding five thousand plus people was significant but much more was to come! This act was small compared to the greatest sacrificial act of all…paying for the sin of mankind…bringing the lost back to God!

As we read these familiar stories we learned in Sunday School classes we must remember it is always about Jesus, from Creation to salvation. It is about God always at work. It’s not about us fitting into the story or changing the story to suit us. It is the Story of Truth in the Person of Jesus Christ who opens the curtains so that we might see God when we accept, believe and follow Him. This Truth is unchangeable and unstoppable.

John 6, The Message
Bread and Fish for All
6 1-4 After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. When he got to the other side, he climbed a hill and sat down, surrounded by his disciples. It was nearly time for the Feast of Passover, kept annually by the Jews.

5-6 When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.

7 Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.”

8-9 One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.”

10-11 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted.

12-13 When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves.

14-15 The people realized that God was at work among them in what Jesus had just done. They said, “This is the Prophet for sure, God’s Prophet right here in Galilee!” Jesus saw that in their enthusiasm, they were about to grab him and make him king, so he slipped off and went back up the mountain to be by himself.

John 6 kids lunch

Reflection…
Is God asking us, “What do you have?” What is our response today? He still invites us to His work. He doesn’t need us to accomplish His work but He invites us so that we will learn, grow and experience joy unspeakable and full of His glory. There are all kinds of works God will invite us to if we watch closely and listen intently as a servant waits for orders from the King.

Dear Heavenly Father, What I have is yours. Use it for Your glory, honor and praise. All that I am, all that you have given to me is Yours. Lord, I offer my life to You.
In Jesus Name, Amen

And I’m singing…

Lord, I offer my life to You
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for Your glory
Lord I offer my days to You
Lifting my praise to You
As a pleasing sacrifice

Lord I offer You my life
Things in the past
Things in the past
Things yet unseen
Wishes and dreams that are yet to come true
All of my hopes
And all of my planes
My heart and my hands are lifted to You

Lord, I offer my life to You
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for Your glory
Lord I offer my days to You
Lifting my praise to You
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer You my life

And Lord, I offer my life to You
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for Your glory
Lord I offer my days to You
Lifting my praise to You
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer You my life
Lord I offer You my life
Songwriters: Claire Cloninger / Claire D. Cloninger / Don Moen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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