One of my favorite biblical accounts is the young boy who before leaving home knew he would be gone for a while so he packed himself a lunch. Not an extravagant lunch and certainly not much more than a young lad could eat. The day started out as any other, but as the day unfolds, it becomes a day he will never forget. I can imagine his excitement as he returned home to his parents attempting to tell them what happened. I wonder if they believed him. Logically, what he was telling them seemed totally unreasonable, and very much like something a child with a vivid imagination would conjure up. The text is found in John 6:1-14. There are 5,000 hungry men (not including women and children), and wouldn’t you know it, all that was available to feed this humongous crowd was our little friends’ sack lunch. I often think of the faith and trust of this young man who was willing to surrender his lunch, so others could eat. Keep in mind, he had no idea what was going to happen and how this all would turn out. He had no idea, his limited lunch would provide him an Unlimited meal (as well as the rest of the crowd on that hill that day. We all know the rest of the story. Jesus commanded the people to sit, blessed the two fish and five barley loads, and fed everyone until they were full with twelve baskets left over. That is the message to us today. All we need to do is to surrender what little we have and God will multiply it into what it needs to be.
We asked you to bring your two fish and five loaves for Africa this month and God took our little bit and multiplied it. How much you ask? The answer to that question will be shared in worship at 11:00 and in the bulletin next Sunday for those who cannot make it tomorrow. All I will say at this point is that God is amazing. So I close by simply saying, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
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