“You give them something to eat” Luke 9:13
Jesus loves us and takes care of all our needs, both spiritual and physical. He also shows us that if we honour Him with our gifts, He is able to multiply it and use it for good. In Luke 9, the feeding the five thousand we see how Jesus wants us to live. It all begins when He says to His disciples: “ You give them something to eat “.
I love all Asian food. So when we were invited to a large Chinese banquet recently, we agreed to attend. My daughter, naturally asked me questions, including: “ What are they REALLY going to serve there, Dad? “. Over the course of several hours, 180 hungry people talked and ate. Plates of food kept coming and filling our tables. 180 plates of food, 180 pairs of chopsticks, and endless pots of tea later. We came away happy, full and content.
Food for everyone.
The feeding of the five thousand men (plus women and children) shows the unlimited resources of our Lord Jesus. And like our Chinese banquet for 180, the five thousand plus hungry people were well fed.
Take some time to read Luke 9: 10-17.
What can we learn from Jesus?
First, Jesus loves and cares for us and is more than able to supply our current needs. After all, the five thousand ate and there were plenty of leftovers. Twelve full baskets to be exact! Christ is more than sufficient and His provisions overflow.
Secondly, I believe our Lord is reminding us to trust him more with all our resources. Our resources are really His resources. There are times that he may allow us to give five loaves and two fish. At other times, he has blessed us richly and we have baskets of extras to give to others. As Jesus grabs a hold of your heart, allow Him to surprise you with what He can do with your gifts. How amazing that this little boy was willing to give up his lunch for Jesus. With the 5 loaves and 2 fish being multiplied to feed the five thousand hungry men, it must have been quite something to see!
How do you see your gifts being multiplied for Jesus?
How is The Lord directing your loaves and fishes to further His Kingdom?
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