Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Unlikely Hero

Last night in my life group we were talking about how God wants to use our time, talent, and treasure to build His kingdom. We talked about which one was the easiest to give, and which one was the most difficult to give. The answers covered all the possibilities, but there was one thing that was common. We all had something in which we felt we didn't have enough.

We looked at a story in the Bible where Jesus did one of His most amazing miracles. He fed 5,000 people from a little boy's happy meal. Now really it was more like 20,000 because Matthew records that there were 5,000 men, besides women and children. No matter what, it was a ton of people.

Not much was said about the unlikely hero of the story, except that he had a 1st century happy meal, and he was willing to give it to Jesus so he could do some big-time math. But it struck me that the unlikely hero was a little boy...not Jesus' disciples, not someone important in the crowd, not the owner of the local market, just a little boy.

From the little boy's perspective, what could he possibly do to satisfy everyone's hunger? It seemed like a drop in the bucket with his little lunch. But he didn't let the smallness of his lunch keep him from doing something that he could do. He could for sure share what he had. He was cool with letting Jesus do the rest. You see, Jesus is really good at multiplication! We do the simple math, He does the complicated multiplication.

So, what do you have that God might use to build His kingdom? Time? Talent? Treasure? It may not seem like much to you, but when you give it to Jesus, He can turn it into a big time multiplication miracle...with leftovers!


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