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Day Five: Receiving and Sharing

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Luke 9:10-17 (TNIV)

10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

“Nearsighted” or “Farsighted”?  Sometimes we live our daily lives only seeing what is right before us, whether this is dealing with our problems or facing tasks that appear impossible to handle.  In these times, there is a tendency to become “nearsighted” as we look to our own ability or strength.  Even though the disciples had witnessed many of Jesus’ miracles, they did not see any way to provide for the hungry people, except to send them away to find their own food.  When Jesus replied to them “… give them something to eat”, the disciples seemed somewhat overwhelmed and dismayed.  Jesus was preparing to show them that a little is much when God is in charge.  As they obeyed Christ’s words they found themselves participating in an incredible miracle, feeding of the 5000!

Responding to the message:
In trying to live a life sharing with others, we may feel inadequate or weak when looking at ourselves. But just like the disciples, we can also experience God’s powerful and generous provision during these times.  It is Jesus who provides for us in times of need, and in turn, we are to share with others.

Spend some time in prayer seeking God and His strength, asking Him to fill you with His provision for the purpose of sharing His blessing with others. As He meets your needs, be ready and willing to share your blessings with others.

Day Four: Meeting All Our Needs

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Day Three: Floodgates of Heaven

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Day Two: Life of Giving and Sharing

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Isn’t It Mine?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Day One: More Than All The Others

Monday, September 13th, 2010