more than enough
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
More than Enough
I heard about a pastor who was giving a children’s lesson during the morning service about the feeding of the 5,000 with two loaves of bread and 2 small fish. As an object he showed the children a plate with 5 rolls and 2 fish sticks. They asked how they would divide the food between them so that everyone could have some. They began talking about the tiny portions each would receive. Then the pastor pointed to the congregation and asked how they would share it with all those people too. Once the kids realized it wouldn’t possible feed anyone, the pastor told them about how Jesus had used similar portions (5 loaves and 2 small fish) to feed over 5,000 people. And then, when they were done there were still 12 baskets of food uneaten.
The pastor asked, “So, what would you call this?” One well behaved little boy whispered “A miracle.” Which pleased the pastor. But a second, more rowdy little guy shouted out, “LEFTOVERS!”
It took the audience almost 5 minutes to recover from the laughter and even longer for the pastor to get the service back on track. But it left an interesting question to ponder. “What did happen to all those leftovers, the twelve baskets?”
Something that leaps off the page of Scripture to me is the fact that Jesus had first asked his disciples to feed the crowd. They had responded negatively saying there was not enough food available. However, they did discover the small lunch of a boy, but it was not nearly enough to feed this huge crowd. Yet, Jesus showed the disciples God’s amazing provision by feeding the entire crowd with leftovers.
Let’s see; 12 baskets of leftovers and 12 disciples. Perhaps they were fed after the crowd had eaten. If this was the case, where was the 13th basket for Jesus? On the other hand, if Jesus and the disciples had eaten with the crowd and there were still all these baskets left over, what would they do?
Honestly, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that God can take the little bit you have and make it, not only enough, but more than enough.
As Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever, and ever! Amen!”
No matter how much you think God can do, he can do more! No matter how much you need him to do, he can do more. You and I have no ability, no matter how great our faith, to begin to fathom the power of God, not only for us, but actually the power he has placed within us.
So, here’s my question for you...
When you apply the power Christ has placed within you to the challenges and circumstances in your life, what will you do with the leftovers?
Sunday we will present another message in the series titled SIGNS based on John’s account of the miraculous signs Jesus performed to demonstrate his deity. This one is titled The Bread of Life and will be based on the 6th chapter of John. I hope you will come and share in the Bread, Jesus Christ, who will fill you and sustain you every day.
Living in His Abundance,