This weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder wrapped up the Blessed series with one of my favorite Biblical teachings—the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. As a child, I thought it was unbelievable that a boy with a meager amount of food could be used to feed a large crowd. I was also focused on the fact that among the multitude of people present, only one boy brought food to eat. How is that even possible?
14 For there were about 5,000 men there. Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So the people all sat down.
Can you just imagine being one of the 12 apostles when Jesus told them to sit the crowd of 5,000 down in groups of 50? Why would that be necessary since they only had a small sack lunch to feed everyone? And why in groups of 50? Was Jesus following the CDC guidelines for social distancing (Ha ha)?
Jesus brought order to the crowd because he is a God of order. If we want to live with an open hand, we need to be open to God’s created order for our lives. He wants to put order to our chaos so that we can experience a blessed life, one that we experience in the heart. When we put God first, everything else will begin to fall into its proper place.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
This is the principle of little and much. Only after Jesus looked toward heaven and offered a blessing for the loaves of bread and fish were they multiplied. If we want to live with an open hand, we need to be open to seeking his blessing first.
What would have happened if the apostles had kept the sack lunch instead of giving it to Jesus? They would have missed out on the miracle.
The same principle is true for us. If we hold onto the little that we have, God cannot give us the miracle of multiplication. You do not always see the miracle until you give away what you have. God blesses an open hand more than a closed fist, so give first and the rest will be blessed.
Are you open to God’s created order? If not, why? Do you feel that God’s order is restricting?
Are you putting God first? If not, why? If so, can you see that everything else is falling into order?
Are you being faithful or dishonest with little? Your answer will determine if you are given much.
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Dear heavenly Father, give us the courage to live with an open hand instead of a closed fist. Grant us the wisdom to see your created order in the chaos of our lives. Keep us ever faithful to the plans you have for us so that we may experience your blessings. Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit that dwells within us so that we may have insight into life’s challenges that would otherwise remain a mystery. In your Son’s name we pray, amen.
This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She is enjoying retirement and feels blessed to be writing for LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.
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