Finding God's Blessings Through Service
Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." But Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over (Matthew 14:15-20).
One question I often hear when I talk about Jesus feeding the 5000 is why there were 12 baskets full of food left over. And you know, there are so many ideas out there because 12 is such a common recurring number throughout the Scriptures. There are 12 tribes of Israel and 12 disciples, both of which could explain why there are 12 baskets left.
But I really believe that the 12 baskets of food were left so that each one of those disciples who participated could take one! You see, those who serve the Lord get to enjoy the fruit of the abundant supply that Jesus gives.
Now, you don’t have to be in full-time ministry to enjoy the blessings that come along with serving. God’s rewards are for anyone who commits themselves to his kingdom work!
Do you know who gets the most out of any message that I preach? I do! And the reason I enjoy it the most is because I put the most time into it. Without a doubt, the best way to grow in Christ is to serve him and to give yourself to his purposes.
If you want love, then give love! If you want friends, then be a friend! When servants share in God’s service, they share in God’s supply.
Serve the Lord with your life, and you will enjoy the blessings that come with faithful obedience.
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