Effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, May 21, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

There is a lesson in the leftovers. God gives in abundance. He takes whatever we can offer him in time, ability, or resources and multiplies its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations. If you take the first step in making yourself available to God, he will show you how greatly you can be used to advance the work of his Kingdom. (NLT)

John 6:1-13 – After this, Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. And a huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miracles as he healed the sick. Then Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the annual Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed al these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Philip replied, “It would take a small fortune to feed them!”

Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

“Tell everyone to sit down.” Jesus ordered. So all of them—the men alone numbered five thousand—sat down on the grassy slopes. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full. “Now gather the leftovers,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.” There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat!

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)

Mary Beth Rademaker (North Carolina) titled her story “SMALL DEEDS;” here is a portion of Mary Beth’s story:

“Early one morning while watering my plants on my porch I noticed that my favorite hanging plant was wilting. . . . I had only a little water left in my watering can, but I poured that on the plant, intending to come back later with more. . . .

“Much later, when I went back out to the porch, I noticed that my once-wilted plant had revived . . .

“I realized that living our faith can work in a similar way. We may feel that if we can’t do something big or if we don’t have a lot to contribute, we cannot help someone. But many times, small gestures can make a big difference in someone’s faith journey. One kind word spoken at the right time can turn everything around. Just like the boy offering his barley loaves and small fish in today’s reading, a small deed done in the name of God can produce a miracle.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can share God’s love through a small act of kindness.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to share our gifts – no matter how small they may seem. Thank you for giving us the gifts that can help produce miracles in others’ lives. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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