Day 7 // Abundance

Read: John 6:1-21


Is there not enough time, money, or just plain you to go around?

I have been a stay at home mom, I have worked full-time, and I have worked part-time. There are limits and boundaries in this life. Either there isn’t enough time or there isn’t enough money.

The multiplication of the fish and loaves is a powerful moment. Jesus sits down with His disciples, probably for a break, and sees lots of people coming who need Him (Ever had that happen? You sit down for a quiet moment, and everything goes crazy!).

Jesus asks Philip where they should buy bread. Philip’s response is funny. Mine would have been the same. We can’t feed all those jokers. It would take eight months worth of wages! Another disciple, Andrew brings Jesus what he has found, but he knows it is not enough. Here are five small loaves and two fish.

Jesus tells everyone to sit down. The passage tells us that there was plenty of green grass to sit on. The good shepherd has led the people to green pastures and wanted them just to sit down and rest. He will provide. Then the passage tells us that the disciples were to distribute food to those who have taken a seat. I guess if you remained standing, you got no food.

I see significance in the sitting down. It is an act of faith and trust to rest. The disciples brought Jesus what little they found, and then He performed a miracle. Jesus created abundance where there was need.

This is a repeated theme in Scripture. Look at Hebrews 11:11-12.

By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and Him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
— Hebrews 11:11-12

Sarah was past child-bearing age, but she believed in the promise of God. She gave God what she had. Then she waited. The rest is history. Abraham and Sarah would give birth to Issac. Isaac will be the father of Jacob. Jacob will bear the twelve tribes of Israel. The tribe of Judah will ultimately bring forth our Savior, Jesus.  

Jesus asks us to be faithful with what He has placed in our hands. We do participate.

We bring whatever time, money, abilities or resources we have to Jesus. Then we expect Him to act. We take a seat and wait for the multiplication.

Whatever need you have today… a pregnancy, a job, a home, time, money, or wisdom, bring what you have to Jesus. Ask for His direction for your use of what you have been given. Commit to being faithful with what you have and then wait for the miracle.

Jesus creates abundance where there is need. Bring Him what you have and trust Him to provide.


NEXT STEPS:

In your Going Deeper Participant Guide, let’s look at Day 7 beginning on page 17. Complete Look at the Details and Personal Application sections. Then come back here and share your answer to the following discussion question in the comment section below. (You can find the comment section at the bottom of this message. Just scroll down and you’ll see the words “Post a Comment.” Click there and share your responses.) Or, join the conversation on our Facebook Community Group

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TOMORROW:

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