Thursday, April 3, 2014

"All The Multiplying Necessary"

“Make sure you don’t eat it all on the way. You’ll need some for later!”

The young boy standing impatiently responded with, “I  won’t,” as he made a quick grab at the small bundle his mom was holding. As soon as he had it in his hands he turned and ran  down the road to the group of boys his age who were obviously waiting for him to catch up with them.

The young mother stooped, picked up her one year old daughter, a similar bundle of food and headed down the road after her son at a much slower pace. As she walked she hummed a tune that her mother had taught her as a child about the mercy of God and let her mind wander to the words that Jesus had spoken the day before.  …“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but whatever He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” …Greater works than these? She wasn’t sure what greater works He would do. She had heard some of the stories about lepers being healed, water being turned to wine. What else would He do? She picked up her pace; after all she didn’t want to miss seeing whatever greater work He might do today!
Jesus said to the disciples closest to Him, “You give them something to eat.”

She watched as they answered in frustration, and more than a little panic in their voices, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have  a little.”

He calmly asked, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”

Her eyes scanned the crowd.  Looking to the spot where she had last seen her son and his friends. They had opted to get a spot a little closer to where Jesus was sitting then to sit with her and Abigail under the tree. She could feel the crowd start to stir as they realized that something was up. The disciples were having no luck with finding food. Their expressions of worry growing with each shake of the head as they received a response to their questions, “Do you have any food to share?” There were heads shaking, “No.“ everywhere. As the buzz of the crowd got louder she looked towards where the people were pointing just in time to see her son run up to Andrew and shove his bundle into his hands. Beaming he said, “You can have mine. Its five loaves of bread and two fish! Feed them with this!”

Her heart sank as she looked at his beaming face. She realized the crushing blow he was about to receive.  Instead, Andrew turned to Jesus as he approached, and said, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”  She held her breath as her son turned and looked at Jesus expectantly.  Jesus simply smiled at him and said to His disciples, “Make the people sit down in groups of 50.”

He then took the loaves and fish, gave thanks for them and started to distribute them to His disciples, who in turn started giving bread and fish to the people.

Instead of getting louder as the food was passed out the crowd seemed to get quieter as each group received its food. A sense of awe hung in the air as people realized that the bread and fish just kept coming. Thousands and thousands of people were being fed to the point that they all had as much as they wanted. And when the magnitude of what was happening hit them it caused them to cry out, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  Luke 6:5-14
      ~ The boy and his mother went home, this time they traveled together and though they were once again pondering His words from the day before, “and He will show Him greater works, that you may marvel.”  This time they didn’t need to wonder just to marvel. ~

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. Mark 10:15

A child doesn’t see the size of the crowd. A child doesn’t see that what he has isn’t enough. A child doesn’t reason it out and decide not to bother. A child would never say, “But what are they among so many?” When a child see a need, they always respond generously with the attitude of, “Here take mine.” fully believing that it is enough.
You and I need to ‘despise not small beginnings‘,  or even small amounts. We need to take the mustard seeds that we have, and plant them, trusting that He will do all the multiplying necessary!

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