Sunday, 23 March 2014
Rev Daniel Poon
This week, Rev Daniel took us back to the story of Five Loaves and Two Fish in John 6:5-13 (NIV)
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
Behind this well-known miracle, Rev Daniel reminded us there was this boy, who played a significant part in order for the miracle to happen. There are four things we can learn from this boy:
1. Be Prepared – Equip ourselves everyday to face challenges in the future; the boy was prepared with the bread and fish when needed.
2. Offer Wholeheartedly – Even though we know we are lacking, we should still not hold back to offer when God asks us to, and He will make us enough to do it; the boy only had five loaves of bread and two fish, but he did not hold back, instead he did what Jesus asked him to do.
3. Do Willingly – Do everything out of love, just as it says in John 13:34 (NIV), “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another“; the boy gave his food without any doubts or complaints.
4. Give Unconditionally – Know that when we give, we are not doing it for anyone but for God, and God is the one who will reward us; the boy gave his bread and fish without asking anything in return.
It says in John 6:13 (NIV), ” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” God’s blessings are more than we can imagine. He can feed five thousand people with plenty of left overs! There should never be anything to hold us back to follow Him, as long as we have the faith to take the first step!