Followed by a crowd to a secluded location. When the issue of food was brought up, Jesus basically asked his disciples, “What do you have?” Changing the issue from the lack of food or the lack of funds to purchase food for approximately five thousand souls, Jesus focused on the positive. Read the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand in either Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9, or John 6.
Sometimes we forget about our current blessings. We can become so focused on the “have not’s” that we forget about the vary things that God has already given us. Take one of those deep relaxing breaths. No joking, just do it. Who gave you the air you just breathed to sustain your life? Who gave you life in the first place? Jesus’ disciples were so focused on the “have not’s” of their situation they neglected to see what they had.
Failing to see what we have prevents us from sharing it. Focusing on our desire for something we do not have creates a type of “tunnel vision,” that causes us to fixate on selfishness rather than selflessness. Out of five thousand people only one child had food that he was willing to share. Jesus’ disciples were so focused on the “two hundred denarii” cost of providing food for everyone they did not see what they did have until Andrew brought the boy, who was willing to share, to Jesus.
Lack of sharing negates incredible results. Whether it is money, time, skills, possessions, a compassionate ear or a helping hand, we all have something that the Lord has blessed us with. The question is whether or not we are willing to share our blessings with others. This boy is the only one in the crowd willing to share what little food he had. When these blessing were given to Jesus, the incredible happened! Five loaves of bread and two fish were divided and the food multiplied. Jesus provides opportunity for His people to do extraordinary things, but we must first bring it to Jesus.
Where’ your heart? Jesus said, “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:20-21). Is your heart focused on what you do not have? Or are we focused on what we can give?
Take another deep relaxing breath, this time clearing your mind of anxieties and personal desires. Now, what do you have? What has God blessed your life with that you can and should share with others? How can you bring that to Jesus?
What do you have?
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