Reading through my church reading plan I came upon familiar scriptures. As always, when I really get in to the Word, I saw things from a different perspective than I have ever seen or heard before. I love how God’s Word is truly living, if it wasn’t there would never be new ideas as we read still 2000 years later.
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 6:8-9
The boy with bread had no idea what he had. So it is with each of us at times. As Christian’s so often we don’t even know what we have in our possession. We are to busy with our schedules to see what God has placed in us, let alone take time to enjoy it. The little boy had the bread in his possession, but had not accessed it. If he had used some, he still had more to give.
He didn’t head out that day thinking that he would feed 2000 people with the meal in his hands. That is just like God though, to take what little we have to offer, what we feel might not be enough, and use it to fulfill His purpose and bring Him glory. Imagine if we just took what we had and truly gave it all, just like the little boy. Imagine the need that would be met.
Then there was the disciple who discounted the boy “What good is what the boy has with the need“. As believers we often allow other people to discount what we have to offer. We take the negative message of “It’s not enough.” as a message of “You’re not enough.” and allow it to stop us from giving God what we do have and allowing Him to bless it to meet the need. Imagine if we stopped listening to the negative messages, and listened instead to Jesus and trusted that He can use us and whatever we have to offer.
As the chapter went on Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29
Jesus tells us that God just wants Christians to do the work of belief in Him. Imagine if we really did just take God at His Word. If we believed everything that we read, and then just did it. If we did it like we knew God would fulfill His end when we acted in faith.
They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.“” John 6:30-31
The crowd attributed the bread to Moses. Too often we give credit to someone else for the things that God has done. We mix up the Power behind the man God uses, and give the credit to the man instead of God. Imagine if we thanked God for every good work that is done; if we gave Him praise instead of exalting men and women.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6:32-33
The bread in the Bible usually represent Jesus, the Word of God. But as I read and listened to these words, I just thought about Christ inside us. The bread of Life in us gifting us with talents that will bring Him glory.Imagine if we spent every day thanking God for allowing His Son to come down from Heaven and for the life He has given us. What if every day we allowed the Jesus inside of us to be given away, to not be stopped by the negative messages of others, and if we gave the glory solely to God for what we do. Imagine.