John 6:7-9 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd of people coming towards him, he said to Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked only this to TEST HIM, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Phillip answered him, ‘Eight months’ of wages would not 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?”
And so here is the question. HOW MUCH IS IN YOUR LUNCH BOX? Or rather, a different way…WHAT IS THE WORTH OF YOUR LUNCH?
We all know about the feeding of the five thousands…and yes, we can all agree…It is one of Jesus’ greatest miracles. And yet…beyond the feeding, there is a great lesson hidden between the lines. A few days ago, I told my husband what the Lord had put in my heart. He said to me, “I DO NOT DEAL WITH CURRENCIES, BUT I DEAL WITH FIGURES.” And then this morning, He brought this miracle of the five loaves and two fish to mind.
Note the conversation between Jesus and Phillip, his disciple. Jesus wants to feed the crowds…so he turns to him and asks a simple question; WHERE can we buy bread… And Phillip quickly answers him with a well-calculated answer...EIGHT MONTHS’ WAGE IS NOT ENOUGH… Stop and re-read Jesus’ question and Phillip’s answer.
When Jesus asked…He did not ask how much will be the PRICE OF LUNCH TO FEED FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE. But rather he asked for the PLACE where LUNCH can be bought. Sadly, Phillip did what you and I are bound to do when we are asked to do something by the Lord. After a mental workout, He came up with the perfect….or so it seemed answer. In other words, He was conversant with THE CURRENCY WORTH OF LUNCH TO FEED FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE. Andrew had a different answer than Phillip. There was this boy with FIVE BARLEY LOAVES OF BREAD AND TWO SMALL FISH. But just like Phillip, he too did his mental workout; HOW MUCH CAN FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH FEED? For him, it was too little, too late!
Are you surprised? One question….which generated two very different answers. One, the WORTH of Lunch…that is money or currency and the other, THE AMOUNT of Lunch…that is quantity in terms of numbers. Yet, while the disciples were well meaning, Jesus had a different perspective than theirs. He knew that whatever was in the purse or in lunch box cannot LIMIT HIM TO WORKOUT A MIRACLE. Oh, this one is for you. God has the ability to multiply whatever is in YOUR LUNCH BOX. Where can you buy bread…in other words…in which country are you in? GOD IS ABLE TO MULTIPLY YOUR SUPPLY in spite of the economic crisis or price inflations. GIVE HIM YOUR LUNCH. God knows how much is in YOUR LUNCH BOX and yes…HE KNOWS WHAT IT IS WORTH.
Pace up, my friend….He is waiting for YOUR LUNCH!!!!