A Bite, a Bag, and a Basket.

Are you living with a bite mentality when God wants to fill your baskets?

John chapter 6 says:

5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.  He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

This is a very well known passage where God feeds 5,000 men with five loaves and two fish.  Many theologians believe that there were actually around 30,000 people there including the women and children.  In verses 5 and 6, Jesus asks where they can get bread for the people to eat even though he already knew what he was going to do.  Philip’s answer is how most of us would be thinking; doubt, hopelessness, there is no way we could feed all of these people! We would have to have more than a year’s wages to give each of these people just one bite! Then Andrew comes along with a lunch bag holding five loaves and two fish.  This was essentially five biscuits and two sardines.  Can you imagine what the disciples were thinking when Andrew gave this to Jesus?  They probably rolled their eyes at him for suggesting that such a small amount might be used  to feed all of those people.  But Jesus didn’t laugh.  He knew what he was going to do!

What obstacle in your life seems hopeless?

God already has your miracle in mind!

The “miracle” is NOT what you have in your mind!

We see what’s now, God sees what’s next!

The basket is in the bag!

Believe for the baskets!

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