I have been blogging for several years. I have started rereading the posts I published at the beginning of my blogging career and have picked a few out, dusted them off, gave them a little spit and shine and published again. This one was originally entitled: Fishes, Loaves and Multiplication.
I recently read some commentary by Debbie Macomber about the boy in the Bible with the loaves and fishes. The words she wrote spoke to my heart.
The boy in the story had a small lunch but a huge willingness to share. And that can make all the difference.
It’s all about the heart.
Often, our willingness to share our seemingly meager resources; our time, our words, ours acts of hospitality and kindness, yield so much more than we could ever imagine. God’s math is amazing!
All the boy had was a few sardines and stone-sized loaves of bread, as Debbie put it. The real gift was his willingness to share. Being open and willing can set the stage for God to move in ways beyond our limited way of thinking.
Like the boy in the story, we need not be ashamed of bringing our small lunch to Jesus. If we are willing and if we hold our resources with an open hand, there’s no telling what God can do. The magic of multiplication is what happens when we are willing to bring our gifts to God.
The real miracle is the multiplication of limited resources. It’s a simple element in God’s economy. It’s what He does. This is where the real power of generosity comes in. The more we give, the more we receive. It is the law of sowing and reaping. Add God’s multiplication as part of the equation and the sky is the limit.
Like the boy in the story, we must be willing to offer our own fishes and loaves for miracles to take place.
Simply put, God multiplies our giving, oftentimes in ways we will never see. In His hands each act of generosity we offer Him, no matter how small, becomes part of this miracle of multiplication.
I’m not a math person, but this kind of math, God’s math, I totally get.
And this kind of math, I totally like.
Willingness is a powerful thing. How has being willing changed your life or a circumstance you were facing?