30 Jul Generous Sharing, Supernatural Multiplication
Romans 15:25-27 – At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
There was a little boy in John 6 who got to be part of a massive miracle in the earthly ministry of Jesus because of his generous giving.
The little boy was sitting, listening to Jesus preach, and there were 5,000 men plus women and children, so maybe upwards of 15-20,000 people. The boy sees that people are hungry, so he brings his lunch to Jesus. He hands his Lunchable to Jesus, Jesus peels the plastic back (don’t worry, this is all in the Greek text), and what does Jesus do? He starts feeing the entire crowd of thousands of people!
The Lord easily could’ve fed everyone without the boy’s lunch, but he allowed him to be part of this incredible miracle of the Lord multiplying supernaturally because of his generosity.
Paul’s letter to the Romans is actually the world’s greatest fundraising letter. He’s asking the people of Rome to help him get to Spain to continue sharing the gospel. I don’t know about you but if I received this 16-chapter support letter, I would give to the cause.
What we can learn from both Paul’s ministry and the little boy’s small part in a large miracle is that what we share generously, the Lord can multiply supernaturally.
How have you seen God supernaturally multiply when you are generous?
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