Passage: “Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.””
Matthew 15:32-34 NKJV
Paraphrase: Jesus called His disciples near and said to them: these people have been following me for three days without food. Because I am moved by that with compassion, I don’t want to send them away with empty stomachs; some of them might faint.” The disciples replied: “where do you think we can get enough bread to feed everyone? This place is a barren desert!” Jesus then asked: “ what do you have with you?” They answered: “ seven loaves and a few fish.”
Principle: Jesus has compassion for everyone. As His disciples we should too.
Don’t overlook people who are seeking the Lord.
What you have may seem like nothing compared to the need but give it to Jesus anyway.
Jesus will use what you give Him to impact the lives of those around, if you will give it to Him.
What do I have that I feel like isn’t enough?
How do I view others? With disdain or compassion?
Do I have a “send people away” attitude or a “bring people in” attitude?
Practice: Give what you have even though it seems small or insignificant.
Prayer: Dear Lord forgive me for not always having the vision that you have for others. Continue to develop my compassion. Help me to not look at what little I have but to yield what I have to you. Multiply all I have for your kingdom purposes and let me be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name.