Multiplied

“Little is much in the hands of God.” Whether you agree or disagree with that statement, it is still posted on the Harriman Baptist Tabernacle’s sign this week. I agree, but that’s also a dangerous proclamation.

Jesus fed more than 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. It wasn’t divided; it was multiplied for obvious reasons. It was a pretty cool miracle, but let’s face it, the water-to-wine thing was pretty cool, too. And the Lazarus thing. And the healing of crippled people stuff. And the resurrection.

Whenever Jesus performed a miracle, he takes what he’s been given and multiplies it using God’s power. The crippled people were some of Jesus’ greatest evangelists. The resurrection brought salvation to billions.

This idea creates a trap, though, that allows us to settle for mediocrity. It’s like the grace thing – God’s going to forgive me, so it’s OK this time. When we settle by giving God our mediocrity, it’s not the same. Yes, He will use what He’s given, but this forces us to examine the principle of the matter.

For instance, that kid had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus fed everyone there. What if the kid said, “Sorry, I’d like to keep 1 loaf and half of this fish. You can have the rest”?

Yes, everyone still would have been fed, but it’s not the same.

Why wouldn’t he just give Jesus everything?

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