“One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.” Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated….When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves.” John 6:8-9,11-13
When you started learning math in school, you started with addition and subtraction. You learned that 10+10=20. Once you had that mastered, you moved on to multiplication. However, the rules of multiplication taught you that 10 x 10=100. You quickly ran out of fingers to count the numbers. Multiplication creates a greater increase than addition.
God has the power of multiplication, not just addition. God didn’t just add five loaves and two fish to the little boy’s lunch. He took the lunch and multiplied it. When we place our time, talents, resources, and money in God’s hands, He takes it and multiplies it into something more. However, it is difficult for us to initially let go. Logically, it would make sense that the more we hoard, the more we have. God doesn’t work the same way. What if the little boy hadn’t given his lunch to Jesus? It maybe could have fed himself and his parents. Then, thousands of people would have been left hungry. But, with childlike faith, the little boy gave everything he had to Jesus. Whatever you are holding onto today, give it to Jesus and watch Him perform the miracle of multiplication.
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