Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
Last spring, my mom taught me how to bake bread. I was speaking to a group of people about how Jesus is the bread of life, and I realized I didn't know a thing about bread. So I figured I would do what I always do whne I don't know how to do something--ask my parents. (and when they don't know, I google it). I've been trying to learn some of these basic life skills like baking bread, but that's not what I want to write about today.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been thinking a lot about Jesus and Him taking some kid's loaves and fishes and using this seemingly small amount of food to feed several thousand people. I mean it's pretty wild because the kid didn't have a lot, but when he was willing to put it in Jesus' hands, Jesus was able to use it to do something greater than the kid could have ever imagined.

I think it's the same with us. We can take an apparently small thing. Like five minutes of prayer. Or 10% of our income. Or a few minutes to do community service. Or a few items of clothing that we no longer wear. And when we are willing to take those things, those resources, that stuff, and put it in the hands of Jesus, then He is able to do something amazing with it.

We get a blessing in being able to yield our stuff. Often we don't get to see what happens with it, but that money, that time, those clothes, and those prayers, do amazing things when we yield them to Jesus.

The real irony in my mind is that it's really all His anyway. He gives us the privilege and the responsibility of giving it back to Him so He can do even greater things with it and we get to be part of it. That's pretty amazing trust on His part.

And while I was writing this I started thinking, don't our lives really belong to Him? I mean, not just our prayer time, or the time we go to a church or when we read our Bibles, but the whole thing. Every heartbeat, every breath, every ounce. It belongs to Him.

And when we give our lives to Him, He even takes all of our sins, our screw-ups, our mistakes, and makes something beautiful out of our lives too.

Is there something you've been holding that you feel like God may want you to place in His hands? Give it to Him and see what he does with it. (and if you feel like it, leave a comment on this blog to let the world know what God did with your loaves and fishes.)

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