Day #12 | The OpportunityPosted on January 22nd, 2012.
John 6:1-14 (NKJV)
After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
What if you had the opportunity to listen to Jesus? To see Him as He healed the sick? To listen to His stories about the Great and mighty God? It must have been exhilarating to see His facial expressions, His movements and to watch Him interact with the people around Him. He drew crowds everywhere he went. Thousands come to listen to Him or if they got close enough, to touch His clothes for healing or deliverance from demonic spirits. Imagine the enormous opportunity. This young lad was facing His opportunity. He was in a crowd of five thousand. Jesus wanted to feed them. He was concerned for their well-being so He asked Philip what could be done. Phillip weighed the options. If they bought a massive amount of food, about eight months worth of wages, even that would not be enough. He was not sure what to do. There weren’t any resources readily available to them. By that time, the other disciples had heard what Jesus proposed — to feed the masses.
Andrew found a little boy carrying two fish and five small loaves. It wasn’t very much, but when God receives a little He can do a lot. Give Him what you have so he can do a miracle with it. Resource is power. The boy had the only food in a multitude of five thousand. That’s power. How much is it worth to a rich, hungry Israelite? What could he leverage it into with a little negotiation. But his attitude was one that fits in the kingdom atmosphere with Jesus. He saw the need and gave it all. The hillside transformed from barrenness to abundance because one lad recognized his opportunity to make a difference. It’s interesting to me that he gave what he has, yet he received much more than he gave. Let’s think about it. He gave two fish and five rolls of bread. The crowd ate all they want and gave back twelve baskets full of food. Since God is not into waste it is going to be used. The crowd had given it back, they didn’t want it. The disciples were going with Jesus, they didn’t need it. The lad remains — twelve baskets and a living legacy in the kingdom. Now is your opportunity to do some great things with God.
What opportunities do you have to advance someone else’s life? Are you so focused on yourself so much that you don’t recognized the need in others around you? Do you think the fish and bread is for you alone? God has given you a resource to make a difference in those around you. Find it and use it. When you give the Lord a little, He can do a lot. Identify what you’re giving, give it and watch God work.