Daily Insight for February 22
“Bring them here to me,” Jesus said. Matthew 14:18.
The disciples did not have it all. However, they did have what Jesus needed.
After a busy day, Jesus withdrew privately by boat to a solitary place. When people heard about this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. You see people wanted to be with Jesus and hear from him. When Jesus saw a large crowd, he felt compassion on them and taught them and also healed sick people. Soon evening came, and the disciples said to Jesus they were in a remote area and requested him to send away crowds so they can go to the near villages and buy food and eat. Jesus said they do not need to go away. He also said they should give them food. They said we have only five loaves and two fish. Then Jesus said today’s Bible insight, “bring them to me.” Then Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. After breaking the loaves, he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. The disciples picked up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
So if you add women and children, the number of people ate could be ten thousand. Mind boggling miracle Jesus did! This was just one of the hundreds of miracles Jesus did. You can read about all the miracles in four Gospels in the Bible- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Joh. However, it all started when He said, “bring them here to me.” I believe the lesson is if you give Jesus what you have. He can multiply it to meet the needs of hundreds, thousands and millions of people and bring glory to God.
It is not the quantity or even quality that is important in God’s kingdom. What is important is the willingness to be used by God. God gave many things in our hands to fulfill His purpose. Most of all, He gave us spiritual gifts when you accepted Jesus as your savior and Lord. Bible says in 1st Corinthians 12:4, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.” Although there are different kind of spiritual gifts, the source is the same. It is the same Holy Spirit of God who distributes them. Then verse 11 says, “All these are the work of the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” You see it says He (the Holy Spirit of God) distributes various gifts to each one. It means there is no Christian who does not have at least one spiritual gift. You may have more than one or at least you have one gift. Holy Spirit determines who get what. We do not have a say in it.
Now, whatever your spiritual gift is, you bring it to Jesus in prayer. He will do beautiful works with your allotted measure of the gift. You may not have the gifts of the one next to you. However, the Holy Spirit gave you at least one gift to you for the common good. Do not think your spiritual gift is not necessary. God and the people around you need what you have. Your gift is your measure of usefulness in the kingdom of God. Bible gives a list of spiritual gifts in Romans 12:6-8 also. Prophesying in accordance with your faith, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, lead or administration, show mercy.
Now, what is the gift God gave you from the above short list? Did God give you a serving gift? Do you know it is a gift of the Holy Spirit? Can you encourage others in faith? Do you know it is a gift of the Holy Spirit? Can you lead and administer? Can you show mercy? Can you teach? Can you give? Figure out what God gave you. This is the starting point. Then bring to Lord Jesus in prayer and seek His blessing in doing it. He will satisfy many souls with your unique gift. You do not have it all. However, you have what is needed. You and your gift are vital in God’s kingdom. It is the oxygen running inside your church and in your community that energizes people. I do not have more words to emphasize the importance of it. Please do not hide it. Please do not think less of it. Please do not think too high about it either to become prideful. Romans 12:3 admonishes to do your portion according to the gift and faith distributed to you. Remember to make it easily accessible to people around you. You can sit in a corner doing nothing, go home and experience death inside of you. Or you can give to others what God gave you and experience abundant, vibrating and full life.
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