Matthew 14:19-20. And brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.



There seems to never be enough to accomplish the things we sense the Lord leading us to do. That was the case in this story; the Lord said to feed thousands of people and all the resources the disciples had was 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish. It was actually a foolish endeavor without the help of God. Every ministry endeavor I have ever been involved in starts out looking foolish until someone launches out and God steps in.

We have been holding Feed the Multitudes, a free food festival, at our church since 1990. The way it started was quite strange. Our church was facing a financial crisis after a series of events including television evangelist drama, economic collapse in NOLA, and a poorly timed building project. We were facing default on our building when the Lord challenged us to put on a free food festival. The idea seemed ridiculous but we stepped out as a church and the Lord stepped in. Not only did the Lord provide the resources for FTM, He changed our hearts and the focus of our ministry. The miracle of fish and bread has always been about the heart, not the belly. Here are Spurgeon’s comments on today’s verses.


“This was that “blessing of the Lord” of which Solomon says that “it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” If you get this blessing on your five loaves and two fishes, you may feed five thousand men with them, besides the women and the children. Much more than they began with; for it is a law of the Heavenly Kingdom that he who gives to God shall be no loser; his five loaves and two fishes shall turn to twelve baskets full after thousands have eaten, and been satisfied. The more there is of complete consecration to Christ, and his blessed service, the more reward will there be in the world to come; and,

possibly, even here.”

So maybe you are stuck, focusing on your problems and your lack. Take what you have, just a little fish and bread, put it in the hands of Jesus. He will take care of the rest.

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