Most of us know the story of the little boy with five rolls, a couple of fish and 5,000 hungry men; Jesus multiplied that simple meal and fed the whole crowd. It's been said that the reason there were twelve baskets of bread left over was because everyone actually whipped out their own packed lunches and tucked in. Some people, in other words, think of it as a lesson in sharing rather than an example of generous giving topped up with superpower faith.
But, let's set aside this secular worldview; in our faith in Christ as Lord, we see a God who both gives us a reason to be generous and then, out of His good character and great power, multiplies a thousand-fold what little we were able to give. The truth is, He doesn't care what the value is, He owns it all anyway. It's about your heart, it's about sacrificial giving and it's about saying 'Here's all I have Lord,' and watching Him multiply that gift, however small.
So what now? Read Mark 12:41-44, the story of the widow's offering. Spend some time today considering what you give (not just cash!) and what the true cost is to you.
SoulFood: Rev 19-22, Matt 19:20-30, Ps 106:1-23, Pro 7:1-2
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd