JULY 19 YOUR “LITTLE BIT” CAN FEED A MULTITUDE!

MARK 6:41-44 “And they did all eat, and were filled” (Mark 6:42). Most people are familiar with this account in the life of Jesus. In John 6:9, we found out that it was a little boy’s sack lunch that fed the multitudes: “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” Jesus was out teaching a multitude of people—five thousand men, not including women and children (Matt. 14:21). It had been a long time since anyone had eaten. The disciples wanted Jesus to send the people away so they could go try to find some food. But that wasn’t what He had in mind. Jesus had compassion for the multitude. “But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat” (Matt. 14:16). He took what the little boy offered out of love and multiplied it to feed a huge crowd. “And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes” (Mark 6:43). They had enough to go around and more to spare. Our God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to His power that works in us (Eph. 3:20). Don’t look at your insufficiency—look to God’s all-sufficiency! This isn’t the only time we see Jesus feeding a multitude in Scripture. Again, in Matthew 15, thousands crowded around Jesus to hear the Word of the Lord. Those people were so hungry for God that in three days’ time, they didn’t budge, not even to eat. Again, the disciples looked at their lack and wanted to send the people on their way to fend for themselves. And, once again, Jesus having compassion on these people said, “They continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way” (Matt. 15:32). He took the little bit they had and multiplied it so all four thousand men (plus women and children) were completely satisfied. They even had seven baskets extra. God is the God of more than enough! We can learn a powerful lesson in giving if we’ll just keep our hearts like the heart of that little boy with the little lunch. I’ve purposed in my own heart that I will give my “little bit” to Jesus so He can multiply it to meet needs abundantly.

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