Revised from an old Christmas letter I wrote……
9There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
Because the Gospel of John is my favorite gospel, I have read it many times. About a year ago, I came across a very familiar account for most of us – Jesus fed 5,000+ people with two meager little fish and five tiny loaves of bread. I have always loved this story because it reminds me that God works miracles. When we walk with him in faith, we never need to fear coming short of the necessities in life. However, when I read it this particular time, something new hit me. We are the fish and bread.
Take my life, for example. From the outside, it looks pretty meager and pathetic. I don’t really have anything of worth, and I am not one that stands out in a crowd (most of you know I don’t want to). But God desires to use me the way he did with the 5,000. He wants to use me for His glory and honor. He wants to use you too! He can spread us out to feed the entire world with the gospel of Christ. He can truly bless if we allow him to!
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15
Maybe you are reading this and do not know for sure that you are on your way to heaven. You can get that settled right now. There are no fancy tricks, and there are no voodoo magic spells. All you have to do is accept that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. You merely need to trust in his death, burial, and resurrection. You only need to confess you are a sinner and ask him to come into your life. If you do this sincerely, you will be saved from the fiery pits of hell.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God . . . that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 3:23, 10:9
The Lord Jesus Christ waits patiently to hear your prayer. He desires to hear your prayer, and when it is finally said, He and the angels rejoice in the heavens above! God wants to save you – all you have to do is ask!!
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” – Luke 15:10
Sometimes, I think that salvation is so easy that it makes it hard. Our nature is to believe that nothing comes easy; our society breeds us that way. That is just one of the many lies that Satan uses to keep us doubting and questioning. No work will ever get you to heaven – no matter how grand. No religion will save you. It doesn’t matter if you are Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, or Muslim. It doesn’t matter if you are an Atheist, Jehovah Witness, or Non-Denominational. There is only ONE true way to heaven! It is accessible to all mankind, regardless of who you are or what you have done – through the blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us,
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13
What will you do? If you aren’t saved, will you trust on the Holy, Perfect Jesus who died on the cross for you? Will you believe in the redeeming power of His blood? Will you turn a deaf ear?
If you are a born-again Christian, will you allow God to use you as the bread and fish? Will you be like the disciples and try to figure things out on your own?
Trust in the Lord and you will be blessed beyond measure!
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” – Jeremiah 33:3