1. Hello, and welcome my listening friends.
2. What a joy it is to know that you tuned in again.
3. If you are joining this broadcast for the first time,
4. We are in the middle of a series about the miracles in John’s Gospel.
5. We will continue talking about the sign of feeding of the 5000.
6. I promised you that today; we are going to find out if we can see ourselves in the reactions of the disciples who were with Jesus.
7. Let’s look first at Philip.
8. Philip was the ultimate business accountant.
9. He knew that there were no restaurants to feed this huge crowd.
10. Even if they found some restaurants, Phillip understood finances.
11. He already figured out that 15 to 20 thousand dollars would not be enough to provide them with a snack, much less a meal.
12. How many Christians are like Philip?
13. They are good with mathematics... but not with faith.
14. They are good with arithmetic... but not with spiritual adventure.
15. They are good with logic and physical evidence... but not with trusting the supernatural power of God.
16. To Philip, it all was a matter of the amount of monetary resources... but not spiritual resources.
17. Many people leave the supernatural out of their planning.
18. Many churches leave the Holy Spirit out of their worship.
19. Many churches go through the rituals with no reference to the supernatural.
20. The average church thinks it could function just as well if there were no Holy Spirit.
21. Philip... like many Christians, no matter how much they see what God is doing... they will not stretch their faith.
22. Philip had witnessed many healings and many miracles.
23. But, he still did not think that the feeding of the multitudes was possible
24. Then let’s look at Andrew and his reaction.
25. Andrew on the other hand, reminds me of a cautiously optimistic salesman.
26. He wouldn't go out on the limb.
27. Because then, if things worked out, he would get the credit.
28. If things did not work out, he could say, “I told you so.”
29. There’s a story is told about 3 kinds of shoe salesman.
30. The first kind, Salesman One, is negative.
31. Salesman One goes into a town and sees everybody running around with bare feet.
32. So, he calls headquarters and says, “Forget it! They don't wear shoes here.”
33. ”I'm moving on to the next town.”
34. Then there is the positive shoe salesman, Salesman Two.
35. Salesman Two goes into town and sees everybody with bare feet.
36. He calls and says, “Send all that you have in the stock! They all need shoes here.”
37. Finally, there is the cautiously optimistic man, Salesman number Three.
38. Salesman Three sees the same situation.
39. When he calls headquarters he says, “They may buy shoes... and on the other hand, they may not.”
40. Andrew is more of a lawyer than a salesman.
41. But, He was the third type of salesman in this story.
42. He was non-committal.
43. In V. 9 he speaks up and says:
44. “There is a lad here with 5 barley loaves and two fishes.”
45. Then he almost interrupts himself and says, “On the other hand... what are they among so many?”
46. I am glad the boy came to Andrew with his lunch and not to Judas.
47. I think Judas would have eaten the boy's lunch!
48. At least, Andrew had a mustard seed type of faith,... and Jesus honored it.
49. Andrew knew enough to know that if the boy gives his lunch to the Master... Jesus might be able to do something with it.
50. Every time you see Andrew in the Bible you find him bringing someone to Jesus.
51. The Andrews of this world are the unsung hero's of the kingdom of God.
52. They are the quiet but faithful witnesses for Jesus.
53. The quiet and faithful servants are the unsung heroes of the faith.
54. It was a quiet, retired preacher in England who played the role of Andrew and talked to a boy about Christ.
55. The boy received Christ and when he grew up he launched the entire modern missionary movement.
56. His name was William Carey.
57. A Sunday schoolteacher led a young boy in his class to the Lord.
58. The boy grew to be a great evangelist.
59. His name was D.L. Moody.
60. These boys and many others were brought to the Lord by some “Andrew.”
61. When they reached manhood, they impacted millions with the Bread of Life... the Lord Jesus Christ.
62. Now let’s go back to verse 9.
63. These barley loaves were very small.
64. And most likely, the two fishes were the size of sardines.
65. These were small and insignificant things.
66. These were unimpressive things in the light of the vast need of the world
67. These were unimpressive things in the light of the vast need of the crowd.
68. But... this is how God works.
69. He blesses the little you have to give him.
70. He uses the small things you consecrate to Him.
71. He multiplies the few things that you dedicate to Him.
72. In Exodus 17, Moses had a small stick in his hand.
73. But when God said, “strike the rock with your staff,” a deluge of water came out of that rock.
74. In II Kings 5, a small Hebrew girl testified to her master, a Syrian general by the name of Naaman.
75. And Naaman was healed of leprosy by dipping 7 times in the Jordan River.
76. In II Kings 4, we see a drop of oil in a tiny jar.
77. When that small amount was blessed of God through the prophet Elisha, the oil filled many jars.
78. In I Samuel 17,
79. David had five pebbles in his hand.
80. God used them to destroy a giant menace.
81. It is a terrible mistake to say, “when God blesses me I will do this or that.”
82. God wants you to offer Him the little you have and He will bless it.
83. God wants you to give Him the few things that you have... and He will multiply them.
84. God doesn't care about the size... or the amount... or the quantity.
85. God cares for the condition of your heart.
86. God cares whether you are faithful with the little or not.
88. Because Jesus said, “those who are faithful with little are faithful with much...”
89. “And those who are not faithful with little will never be faithful with much.” (Luke 16:10)
90. Do you want to put God to the test and see if He wouldn't multiply your blessings by Tenfold... A Hundredfold... A Thousandfold?
91. Go ahead, for God said, “test me!”
92. In verse 11, of John chapter 6 Jesus places His hand of blessing upon the lad's lunch.
93. And, the baskets kept on filling up.
94. The disciples would distribute them and come back with empty baskets.
95. The empty baskets would get filled up again and again.
96. The baskets kept filling until everybody ate their fill and there was plenty left over.
97. Jesus, the Bread of Life, supernaturally fed their stomachs.
98. There are some modern day skeptics who want to play down this miracle.
99. Some of these doubters say that the miracle took place in the crowds hearts.
100. Christ induced and challenged the selfish to share their provision.
101. And when that was done, the little portion of food proved to be enough for everybody.
102. My listening friends, I want to tell you something very important before I conclude.
103. Jesus performed this miracle supernaturally by His supernatural power.
104. But then, Jesus used His disciples to be the distributors.
105. Jesus performs the miracles,... then; you and I are the instruments by which he manifests His glory.
106. Do you see yourself as the manufacturer or, do you see yourself as the distributor?
107. The answer to that question determines your effectiveness or lack thereof in the kingdom of God.
108. You will get yourself in deep trouble if you see yourself as the manufacturer.
109. God wants you to be distributor.
110. At a Christian camp in the United States, there is a display case that contains a 1-dollar bill.
111. And there’s a story behind the framed.
112. Years ago, there was a missionary from Hong Kong by the name of John Bechtel.
113. He went to the United States to raise money for a Christian camp in Hong Kong.
114. The purpose of the camp was to reach Chinese children with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
115. His only response was a dollar bill, a gift from a little girl.
116. She wanted her ice cream allowance to be used in the Lord's work.
117. The orphanage in Hong Kong would cost $250,000,
118. so with only one dollar received, Bechtel could not buy the campsite.
119. A year later, that same organization learned that there was only a $1.00 gift from a little girl in the United States.
120. It informed Bechtel that he could have the property for a dollar, legal purchase.
121. They made one provision.
122. The property had to be used solely for preaching salvation to all who came within its gates.
123. Since then, thousands of Chinese have heard the gospel and received Christ at what is known as Suan Douh camp.
124. The ice cream allowance of the little girl surrendered and dedicated to the Lord...
125. Has been multiplied many-fold in a ministry, which continues to this day.
126. What do you have to give to the Lord so that he can multiply it to you many times over?
127. Do it today.
128. To some of you, this message is premature.
129. Some of you have not surrendered your life to the Lord yet and you need to do that today.
130. For the Lord wants you before he wants what is yours.
131. He wants to bless you with eternal life before He blesses your possessions.
132. Will you come to Him today?
133. If you have done that, will you write to us and tell us so that we can pray for you?
134. Until next time, I wish you Gods’ riches blessings