|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish they answered …” Matthew 14:17 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Jesus can do a lot with a little.”
The disciples had a problem. There was a huge hungry crowd of people before them – 5000 men plus the women and children with them, perhaps as many as 20,000 people. They needed to be fed and Jesus had just told them (the disciples) to do something about it. The disciples were incredulous. “Feed 20,000 people, are you kidding me?” What could Jesus have been thinking?
But Jesus took the little they had to contribute to the situation, He added a miracle to it, and 20,000 people were somehow fed from a supply of food that started out as only five small loaves of bread and two small fish. Jesus does stuff like that, and there’s a lesson in this for us.
Jesus will take the little we have to offer and do a lot with it. Understanding this calls for proper perspective. It’s the realization that anything done in the name of the Lord is meaningful and important, even if it seems small and insignificant. Another example of this is found in Matthew 25:31-46 where Jesus taught a lesson about acts of ministry that are important in the eyes of God. In that lesson He didn’t mention things like leading stadium crusades, or founding a Bible college, or starting a hospital. Instead, He talked about doing things like feeding the hungry, taking care of the homeless, and visiting a prisoner. Small things that make a difference in one life at a time (similar to the young boy and the starfish in yesterday’s devotional). The world is changed and made a better place by such small acts of ministry done over and over again, day after day, by countless millions of faithful Christians.
Resilient Christians are content to serve faithfully and diligently in small ways, person-by-person, day-after-day, because they recognize the great truth that Jesus can and will and does do a lot with a little. He will take the little we have to bring to bear upon a situation, bless it, and accomplish amazing things with it. Small things, done in His name and with His power matter a lot, and they do make a difference.
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