Small Boy and His Lunch
The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
A Small Boy and His Lunch
Most of us want to do
great things for the Lord. Often we feel we can not because of who we are. We
feel we will never be a Daniel or a David. We will never be a Ruth or a Mary. We
can not preach like Peter or Paul and we will never be able to do half of what
those in the Bible did.
But is this true? What does it take to be a great warrior for the Lord? Lets look at a few places for the answer to this question.
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 2 Corinthians 8:5 Have you given yourself to the Lord fully...nothing held back?
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." James 4:10
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" 1 Peter 5:6
Often it is "we" that are trying to do what the Lord wants us to do instead of letting Him do it THROUGH us. Or possibly we are doing what "we" want to do and not what HE want us to do. We will see this in the title of this post
1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
Please note a few things here.
The crowd followed Jesus without taking thought for their needs.... they wanted to learn from Him. Are we following Jesus to this extent? (This does not mean we are not responsible for working for a living but if we are doing things His way, He will meet our needs as He did with this crowd.)
The boy was not looking to be used...the Lord came to him (thus the verses about humbling ourselves and HE will lift us up... Often WE are looking for a ministry that is NOT His will for us...
I am sure this boy did not feel as if he could meet the need... after all, he only had lunch for a small boy. Often when the Lord gives us something, It is not what we feel is the best for us... He gives a burden and HE fills the need. We are often given tasks that we feel so insufficient to do...but I guess that means when it is successful we KNOW it is GOD doing it and not us.
God has a place for us. In Mark 6: 39 and 40 we read: And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties
Could this be a type of the local church? Each person had a group within the body. Are you in the group the Lord wants you to be in? We are told He commanded them to make ALL sit down.
We have no reason to believe that this boy's parents were there. If they were, would not they have had a lunch too? Think of this boy going home and telling them that he helped feed well over 5000 people. with his lunch. These people we feed because a small boy gave all that he had... as little as it was. With God ALL things are possible. He never I repeat He NEVER tells us to do anything that He does not enable us to do. We need to be doing WHAT He wants "us" to do and to do it WHERE He wants us to do it. Anything else means we are trying to do it on our own power. Would not that be like our boss telling us to do one project and we are off doing something other then that project? You can be sure that no matter how good that project was, the boss would not be pleased since it was not the task the boss needed to be done. Then why should God be pleased when we are doing our own projects for Him instead of the ones He wants us to do?
Father, we ask that you help us to be tuned into Your Spirit... to do the things YOU want us to do and to be totally surrendered to Your Will....
In the Name Of Jesus...
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