Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? (Joh 6:7-9)
We all love to hear stories of how God does great things through His people. From the pulpit we hear amazing stories of God’s provision and protection that can only be described as truly miraculous.
Have you ever wished that YOU had such a story? That you had an amazing story that would allow you to brag on the power of our mighty God in your life. A story that would give you the opportunity to testify to the lost on the existence and effectual moving of God in this present world. A story that you could rehearse often to your children to build their faith in God. Perhaps you too can have such a story.
In the feeding of the five thousand men, the one who got to take home a great surplus of food as well a such a story, was the young lad that gave his lunch to the Lord. Here are a few thoughts on how we, like him, might find ourselves with such a story.
To get such a story He had to be present
There is a lad HERE. As simplistic as this thought is, it is also implicitly obvious for God to use us in a particular situation, we must be present. How many opportunities to have a story have we missed because we were not where God was working? How many miracles and truly amazing life changes have we missed simply because we did not make it to church?
Let’s start by being there! The saying is that the greatest ability any Christian can have is availability.
To get such a story he had been provided for
Most likely the young boy did not have a job to purchase the ingredients for his lunch. He probably did not assemble his lunch. In other words, what he had to give to Christ was provided by someone else. Similarly, all we have to give has been provided by God.
The spoiling of the Egyptians by the Jews as their left Egypt provided them the means to give an offering to Moses in the wilderness to build the tabernacle. As the lad and the Israelites learned, “God will always provide US with all HE needs”.
If we want to have a story, we must know that what we have has been given to us for God’s purposes.
To get such a story He had to be a presenter
The lad presented himself and his lunch. It was not a large lunch, but it was all Jesus wanted and needed! We all have a “lunch” to present to Jesus. Our lunch may be a talent, skill, or a financial resource. It may seem small, but when given to Jesus, it is enough! When we give what we have, Jesus accepts it, blesses it, and multiples it.
If the boy had kept his lunch, he would have been fed, but by giving Jesus his lunch, a great host of folks were filled.
Set yourself up for a story today!
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