God gives in abundance. If we take the first step, he will show us what he can do.

Matthew 14:19-21 - Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! (NLT)

On this day, Jesus was the ultimate banquet host. He took the loaves and fish, thanked God for the provision he was about to give, and then broke the loaves -- and a miracle occurred. Then he gave the bread to his disciples to then give “to the people.” He did the same thing with the fish. The disciples acted as waiters, taking bread and fish, distributing it, and then returning to Jesus to get more. And they continued to serve the crowd until everyone had enough to eat.

Through this miracle, God was authenticating Jesus as his Son and portraying the generous blessings of the Kingdom. Just as God had provided manna to the Hebrews in the wilderness, Jesus was now providing bread for the hungry. And, don’t miss this, he was revealing himself as “The bread of life” (John 6:35).

Jesus took a small boy’s lunch, his offering, and multiplied it to an incredible amount. Not only did he feed the huge crowd, there were leftovers! I believe Jesus is still doing the very same thing today. I believe that Jesus can, and will, multiply what we give to him -- beyond our wildest expectations. Why? Because he still loves people and he is still, and always will be “The bread of life.”

Questions to Consider

Who does Jesus want you to serve in his name?

What could you bring to Jesus to bless and multiply to meet a need or solve a problem?

Talking to God

Praise God for giving to us in abundance. If you are willing, express to the Lord your readiness for him to use your time, your talents, your relationships, and your possessions for his purposes. Take a moment to worship Jesus today as “The bread of your life.”