I will never forget what Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade, said when he was speaking at a church I visited in Crystal Minnesota. He said, “When it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, you can never dream too big for God because God’s ability to empower and anoint is far greater than your ability to dream.”
Jesus showed his ability to anoint and take what little is offered when he fed thousands with a few loaves of bread and a few fish in John 6.
Jesus went to a mountainside and a great crowd followed him because they had seen the miracles he performed. When he saw the great crowd coming, he asked Philip:
“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
We read in the next verse:
He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Jesus knows what he can do and will do. He gives us opportunities to look to him in faith for help.
Philip showed he was only looking to what they did not have not to what Jesus can do when he answered:
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Andrew look at what little they had;
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus took those five small barley loaves and two small fish and blessed them. He had them distributed to the people. The bible says 5,000 men were there. We can multiply that at least by two for account for women and children. After the thousands had enough to eat, Jesus told his disciples to collect the leftovers.
So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
There was way more leftover than they started with. In fact, there were 12 baskets enough for each of the 12 disciples to hold a basket in their hands for a tangible lesson.
When Jesus calls us to do something, do we look to ourselves, what we have and don’t have, or do we step out in faith looking to him?
Do we look to our own ability or the Jesus’s ability?
Thank you for reading. God Bless.