The miracle of the “feeding of the five thousand” recorded in John 6:1-14 is a story of not one miracle, but a story of thousands of miracles on one day. Every person received at least one miracle on that day; they were able to eat and there were fragments of bread left over.
I strongly believe that when we bring our gifts to the Lord collectively, those gifts are used to accomplish the purposes of God. This is true, but this is only the addition principle. There is also a multiplication principle that God uses among his people. I also believe that this multiplication principle works in our homes and in our churches.
Often in the home, husband and wife, and sometimes children, will pull their resources together to cover the cost of living. In the church, the congregation gives on Sunday which collectively helps to provide for the ministry cost of the church. Even in our city, county, and country, we pay taxes that collectively help to cover the cost of many of the needs of our region. This is the addition principle and it helps, but we also need God’s multiplication principle at work in our personal life and in the life of our churches.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, looked at the gift in this story of the lad, five barley loaves, and two small fish, and simply stated to the Lord, “Here is a lad with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Andrew was thinking addition, but Jesus was thinking multiplication.
“When you add God to the equation, His output always exceeds your input.” Mark Batterson
With Jesus he did not need five lads each with five loaves of barley bread and two small fish, he only needed one lad willing to give his lunch to feed the multitude.
Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God for the provision, broke the bread and fish, and distributed the gift to the disciples so they could distribute to the multitude. Jesus took what was given in the natural and used it supernaturally. The natural process of obtaining bread involved a time of growing, harvesting, winnowing, grinding, mixing, and baking. But Jesus bypassed the natural process to implement the supernatural with the bread, and he did the same with the fish.
I encourage you to pray over the talents that you use for Him. Even pray over your income. Sounds trivial, but I believe God desires for His people to prosper and for his ministry to prosper. Ask Him to take what you give in the natural and use it supernaturally. Don’t let what you do not have hinder what you do have to give. Give to God with a cheerful heart, and ask Him to multiply your gift for the miracles of others.
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.