Mark 6:42, They all ate and were satisfied, 43and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Ephesians 3:20, Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I am currently teaching a sermon series called “Building A Great Life!” As we attempt to build a great life, sometimes we need God to perform a miracle in our circumstances. Mark 6 shows us perhaps the most well-known miracle, and it is the only miracle of Jesus that is told in all four Gospels. Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. This week’s blogs will focus on different ways you can prepare for a miracle in your life.
A fourth thought on preparing for God to perform a miracle in your life is that you must expect God to multiply what you give Him! If you remember the story, the disciples wanted to send the people away because from an earthy perspective there wasn’t enough food to feed 5,000 people. There were only five loaves and a couple of fish. When they gave what they had to Jesus, He was able to multiply it. Had they simply held on to their insufficient supply of food, the people would not have been fed and God would not have performed a miracle. Admit you have a need. Give God what you have, and then expect God to multiply it.
Your schedule may be stretched thin; give God your time and expect Him to multiply it. Your emotions may be worn to a frazzle; give God your mental state and expect God to multiply His grace and peace. Your finances, energy, health, security, patience… may seem at the end of their ropes; give them to God and expect Him to work.
Take care, have a blessed weekend and I hope to see you in church on Sunday!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
MARK 6: 34-44
34 So as He stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then He began to teach them many things.
35 When it was already late, His disciples approached Him and said, “This place is a wilderness, and it is already late! 36 Send them away, so they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages to buy themselves something to eat.”
37 “You give them something to eat,” He responded.
They said to Him, “Should we go and buy 200 denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”
38 And He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look.”
When they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”
39 Then He instructed them to have all the people sit down[k] in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks of hundreds and fifties. 41 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves. He kept giving them to His disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 Everyone ate and was filled. 43 Then they picked up 12 baskets full of pieces of bread and fish. 44 Now those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men.