The bottom line up front is that there is no reward without risk. There once was a boy who went all in with God, he received an abundance that his family benefited from because he was obedient. The key is that he used what was in his hand and he obeyed when God asked for resources.
You can read the story about the five loaves and two fish in John 6:1-14. Jesus was teaching five thousand people, and it grew late. While the disciples wanted to send them away to find food, Jesus told the disciples to feed them. The first reaction was that they didn’t have enough money (about ten months of earnings). Followers of Jesus Christ often buy into the mindset that the church should be broke.
A Few Fish Sandwiches
Jesus told the disciples to feed the people. There was no Costco or Sam’s Club nearby. A boy offered up five loaves of bread and two fish. By the end of the meal, each person was fully satisfied. God didn’t just provide a snack; he provided plenty for everyone. He is not El Cheapo; he is the God of more than enough.
The Reward Requires Risk
The young boy who was the only investor, so he took home baskets full of food. Because he was obedient, his family was also blessed. When God said, “Give me everything you have.” The boy obeyed. God asks us to give what we have, but so many people say, “Someday I will bless God when God has blessed me.” It doesn’t happen.
We must say, “God, here I am.”
“Use me and send me.”
Know that when you fully trust him, it is always for more and never for less. The commitment must come from our current resources. He will “command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all that you set your hand to” (Deuteronomy 28:8). He will continue to multiply your resources when you trust and obey. Start with what’s in your hand today.
If you would like to study further on this topic, this blog introduces the the God of Plenty on pages 24-27 of my book “Solving Your Money Problems.”
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