13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves. – John 6:13 NLT
We can’t be quite sure how many people Jesus fed that day with five loaves and two fish. But we can be sure that what they had was more than enough. Everyone ate their fill and there were plenty of leftovers. Think what a blessing this was for the young boy and his family, five loaves had now turned into twelve baskets. What an amazing thing Jesus had done! Thousands upon thousands had been filled to overflowing and there was more left than when He started! When Jesus asks us to participate in His Kingdom work, we need to remember that He is the one who will accomplish the results, we are just the seed sowers. Jesus never sees us as lacking anything to do His work. He doesn’t see us as unable. When we, like Moses, procrastinate, complain and ask “what if…”, God has one question for us. The same question He asked Moses: “What is that in your hand?” . Whatever we have will be more than enough. In fact, there will be so much, we will need to be careful not to waste the leftovers.
Exodus 4:1-5 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
10 You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. — Psalm 66:10 NLT
Psalm 66:8-12 NLT
There are two things in life that we use on just about a daily basis and both of those things can be good or evil depending on our attitude toward them and our use of them. One is fire, though we don’t actually build fires every day, we use things that are formed and molded as a result of heat and fire. Fire is necessary in refining processes that allow us to have jewelry, coins and other valuable items. But that fire, uncontrolled, can be very destructive. Each year thousands of lives and homes and acres of forest are lost to fires. The trials we go through are compared to fires that refine us. We can use those times of refining to draw closer to God or we can use them as a reason to revel against God. The other, of course, is money. Money can become our idol, our master, when we spend too much time focused on earining it and using it for the wrong reasons. Or it can serve us well when we have the proper balance of work versus worship. We can use it to spread the KIngdom of God here on earth in multiple ways or we can use to purchase useless items. Both fire and money can be great servants or destructive masters. The choice is ours.
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. — Matt. 6:24 NLT