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Matthew 14:17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!”
When is the last time you read through the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with fresh eyes? Try it, read through it today slowly, like it’s the first time you’ve ever read it.
On the one hand, you may sit in awe as you read that 5,000 men as well as their wives and children were able to fill their bellies from just a few loaves of bread and a few fish. (Not to mention the baskets of leftovers after the meal!)
On the other hand, put yourself in the place of Jesus’ disciples in this passage. They’re imploring Jesus to let the crowds go so the people can go purchase food to eat. Jesus looks at them and says, “That isn’t necessary — you feed them.”
Their response is something you may regularly experience in your own life. Me? But Jesus, I have so little to offer? And certainly not enough to help all these people!
But Jesus accepts the little we have and then uses it in profound ways. He ensures that a little can still go a long way.
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 14:1-36 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: How regularly do you struggle with the thought that you have little to contribute? How may God be inviting you to offer what you do have so He can multiply it for His purposes?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Consider giving up watching national news, social media, and other distractions for at least one full week in order to slow down and spend time with Jesus.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I judge others, or am jealous or envious of them because they are able to contribute more than me. Thank You for the reminder that whatever I have to contribute, and however little it may be, You will use it for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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