Have you ever given away something that was precious to you? Have you ever given till it hurts?
In our Jesus encounter this week we see Jesus’ disciples being asked to give. You can read the entire text here: http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%208%3A1-10/ but we are focusing in on Mark 8:5 - And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.”
Jesus had fed the 5,000 people with 5 loaves and two fish from a boy in the crowd. Apparently, His disciples had no bread that day. This day is a bit different. First, they have that example to go from so they should have known Jesus could do this. Second, they had a bit of bread amongst themselves (not that seven loaves is much for 12 grown men).
Jesus asked for what they had. All of it. That type of benevolence can be costly. It can hurt. They didn’t have any guarantees of being fed that day unless they trusted in the provision of Jesus. He blessed their ‘little bit’ and gave a way a ton. He even asked them to be the distributors of it so that they were passing out the bread before they could have any.
When the long day came to an end they picked up seven baskets of left-overs. They had seen God multiply their ‘little bit’ to feed a multitude and still there was more than the ‘little bit’ left. They had given until it hurt and now it became clear that their giving may have seemed costly/hurtful on the front end but they were never in jeopardy of going without. This is true for us as well. Being a ‘giver’ is one of the greatest blessings of the life of a follower of Jesus. He set the bar very high as He gave of His own life. Have you had the opportunity to give till it hurts lately? Can you think of a time where God multiplied your ‘little bit’ to care for another? This is one of the many ways we can take part in God’s Kingdom in our daily lives.
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