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Love Multiplies

For the Advent/Christmas season, each Monday’s post will look at the love that came down at Christmas. We will explore what Jesus’ love offers us and asks of us.

…he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Matthew 15:36 NRSV

There were thousands of hungry people around Jesus. Jesus saw their need. He wanted to satisfy their hunger.

MP900443250[1]The disciples saw the crowd’s need too. But they only had a few small loaves and  a  couple of fish. They thought there was no way they could feed all the hungry people Jesus wanted to feed.

They were right. Such a great a need would require boatloads of food. But Jesus’ love has a way of taking what we have and multiplying it, until the needs are met.

Jesus can multiply what we have!

So the hungry ate until they were satisfied. Notice that bread didn’t drop from heaven. Bread came from the hands of those who chose to obey Jesus Christ!

MP900184901[1] Even today, Jesus’ love is able to take what you have and use it to do God’s work. That work might be to fill hungry hearts, to witness to wandering souls, to encourage the hopeless, to comfort the distressed, or to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. Whatever the need is, Jesus’ love is able to take your resources, talents, knowledge and experience and multiply what you have to meet the needs of a lost and dying world!

Jesus can use you to touch a hungry and hurting world.

The love that was born into the world at Christmas finds needs and then fills them. Let that love use you today to feed a hungry world!

Find a need and fill it today!

Prayer:

Giver of every good and perfect gift, take what I have and use it. Take my hands, my feet, my talents, my voice and the resources you have blessed me with. Then multiply it all, so the hungry hearts around me may be filled! Amen.

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Taste & See

Taste and see that the Lord is good… Psalm 34:8 NIV

Can you taste God?

Yes! Try Jesus. He is the bread of the world.

Feed on his word.

Wash yourself in his redeeming grace.

Drink the living water he offers.

Bread

Nourish your soul with the bread that truly satisfies!

Hungry?

Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” John 6: 26-27 NRSVCB004872

Jesus had a crowd of new followers. The 5,000 that he fed the day before didn’t want to let him get away. They traveled all the away across the Sea of Galilee to find him. When they finally found Jesus, they questioned him about how he got there.

Jesus seemed to ignore their questions. He cut right to the heart of the matter. Jesus let knew that the real question was not how he got there, but why were they there? Why had they traveled all the way across the lake?

Why were they there?

Well, Jesus answered his own question. The crowd came because they wanted more food. Maybe they had reasoned, “If Jesus could feed us yesterday; then he can feed us again today.”

If so, they had found the best deal in town. Being with Jesus was like being at a free all you can eat buffet! What more could a crowd want?

Well, they should want a lot more. But Jesus knew that their hearts were focused on their stomachs more than MP900313735[1]much of anything else. Today we might call these people worldly or carnal. They don’t look to their spiritual needs as much as the needs of the body. They ignore the weightier matters of the soul.

Jesus wants all of us to get more than just bread from him. He has spiritual food that can turn our lives upside down! So Jesus told the crowd to work not only for bread that passes away, but for the things that he alone can provide, which give eternal life.

Jesus’ bread turns lives upside down!

Is it possible to have a full stomach and to still be hungry? Is it possible MP900442283[1] to be appallingly rich and to still want things? I think you know that the answer is yes.

There is a hunger and a dissatisfaction that goes far beyond our stomachs. Possessions don’t satisfy this hunger. Food doesn’t take it away. It is a deep gnawing that comes from our soul’s longing for God, for Jesus’ love, and for the peace that he alone gives! So Jesus told the people to seek God, to work for the bread that comes from heaven, and to strive for true satisfaction.

Jesus wants to give us the bread of life. He wants to meet our deepest personal needs. He wants to put God’s love into our hearts, and to give us the peace that passes all understanding. He wants to illumine our minds with the truth, and empower our hands to do the work of God. Jesus wants to lead us down the road to eternal life!

Jesus wants us to have everything that God offers!

Today, you can enjoy Jesus’ true bread. Look to him for the gifts of God that make life worth living! Enjoy the abundant supply of his grace. Feast on Jesus’ love, and drink his living water!

Prayer:

Bread of the world, I have a hunger in my soul that only you can satisfy. Feed me with the bread of eternal life. Then help me to continue eating your bread and drinking the living water you give, so I may always have all that I need. Amen!

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Eat the Bread of Eternal Life, Today!