May 16, 2023
They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish.
Mark 6:42-43 NLT
I’m glad that we serve a God Who is more than enough. God not only provided an “all-you-can-eat” buffet for fifteen thousand people, but He also had leftovers. Imagine starting with five loaves and two fish and thinking how you can feed that many people. I’m sure the disciples thought it was a crazy idea to even try. But Jesus showed them He could do a lot with little when it is placed in His hands. He can not only meet the need but have leftovers as well. Have you ever wondered what happened to the leftovers? I imagine Jesus had the disciples send them home with the boy who gave the five loaves and two fish. Picture little Johnny showing up at home with twelve baskets of food and mom wondering where that came from. The boy tells mom he gave Jesus all he had—five loaves and two fish. Then Jesus fed everybody with his lunch and gave him back the leftovers—twelve baskets of leftovers. When we give God all that we have He not only supply’s our needs, but He also gives us abundance. God does not operate in a scarcity mindset. He is not “just getting by.” God can do abundantly more that we can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20). Let’s begin to expect abundance in our lives. I’m not just talking about dollars and cents. I’m talking about abundance of energy, creativity, and revelation. God wants to give us what we need and more to meet the needs of our world around us. God does not give simply to make our lives more comfortable. The purpose of God’s blessings is so we can be a blessing. If I can’t pay my rent then it is hard to help someone else who can’t pay their rent. But when I have given my all to Jesus then He gives me abundance so I can share with others in need.
Holy Spirit I want to be a giver. I want to give You everything I have so that You can bless it and use it to impact my world.
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