Who’s Hungry Now?

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Ephesians 3:20-21 (CEB)
20Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; 21glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen.

Reflect

There is a story in the Bible that you’re probably familiar with. It appears in all four Gospels. One day, Jesus was speaking to a very large crowd—the Bible says 5000 men, but if you include women and children, the number could have been 10 or even 20-thousand. It came to be dinner time and everybody realized that nobody had enough food to feed everybody. Some of the disciples suggested sending the people home hungry. But Jesus had a different idea. He asked how much food they had and the answer came: a couple of fish and a few pieces of bread.

Jesus had all the people sit down. He thanked God for what had been provided. And then he proceeded to feed all those in the crowd! Nobody went away hungry, and they collected twelve baskets full of leftovers.

The Gospel of John tells us that the fish and bread came from a small boy. Apparently, out of 20-thousand people, he was the only one who thought ahead to pack a lunch.

The boy couldn’t possibly have thought that what he had to offer was enough to get the job done, but he gave everything he had without hesitation. That’s our first lesson in this story: willingly give our all to Jesus and his work.

The next lesson is huge: God’s work is not stifled by our human limitations. The boy had barely more than a lunch for a single person, but placed in God’s hands, it fed thousands. What we have to offer may seem insignificant, but when we joyfully place it in God’s hands, there’s no telling what could happen.

Respond

Are you giving your all to God, or are you holding something back? Are you thinking, “Why bother?” or are you excited to give what you got and see what happens?

Relate

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