Loaves and fishes

One passage in the Bible which I love is the feeding of the five thousand, found in Matthew 14:13-21 and Mark 6:30-44, where Jesus turns five loaves and two fishes into a feast for five thousand people. This was undoubtedly an amazing miracle (if we were there I’m sure we’d have been astounded!) but it’s really relevant to our everyday life too, even two thousand years later. First of all, it shows that God always provides for your needs, no matter how unlikely it seems naturally speaking. The disciples, thinking the situation through logically, thought there was no way their resources could stretch far enough to feed that many people, but Jesus didn’t read the script and provided more than enough for everyone. It also illustrates that if you give your all to Jesus – absolutely everything you have! – and hold nothing back for yourself, He can do amazing things with it. When someone becomes a Christian they say they ‘give their life’ to Jesus, but too often people don’t back up those words with their actions and they keep living for themselves with little or no alteration in their behaviour. However, if we actually live completely for Jesus, worshipping Him through everything we do, striving to become more like Him and to know Him more, and being willing to make the necessary sacrifices along the way, He’ll be able to do unbelievable things through us; as Ephesians 3:20 says, ‘much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine’.

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