Give All That You Have

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9 (NIV)

I don't know about you but I tend to accumulate and carry around a lot of baggage. Some of the baggage is stuff that I really do not like. It is junk in my life that is unpleasant and I would really like to get rid of it but I drag it around with me anyway.

Other stuff though, well, if I am honest with myself, I sort of like it. Perhaps I think it is pretty or valuable so I don't want to let go of it. Perhaps I have become comfortable lugging it around or everyone else around me has it so I think I must have it as well. Then there is the stuff that I think I might need so I hang onto it, just in case. It is not bad stuff but it leaves me with full hands and when my hands are full, I can't receive. It this a problem? It is if it hinders your walk and God wants to give you something more, something which is far better.

Today, as I was reading the account of when Jesus fed the 5,000, something suddenly jumped out at me. Before this miracle took place, someone had to let go of what they had and give it to Jesus. When we think of giving things to Jesus, I think we tend to think of releasing our sin to Him or letting Him take care of our problems but in this story, the boy was releasing something good and nourishing. He was, in essence, saying, "Take all that I have, it is yours!" We have no record of the boy hesitating or saying what he has is not good enough so we must assume that his attitude was "If Jesus wants it, He can have it" and he gave it joyfully.

Notice that Jesus did not tell the boy that if he gave Him the food, a miracle would take place. He did not tell the boy that in return he would receive far more than he gave. I have a sneaking suspicion that if this boy was like all the boys I know, he ended up eating more than five loaves and two fish that day!

God wants all that we have. He wants our treasure as well as our junk. Our "stuff", the good, the bad and the ugly, is transformed when it is placed into the hands of God and that is when we begin to see amazing things happen.

Blessings!

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