I Think we Need a Bigger Boat – Life In The Overflow
Week Two, Day Four
March 14, 2019
Continuing in the Book of Matthew, we have discussed many of Jesus' miracles on the Sea of Galilee. In Matthew 14:14-21, we see what it's like to experience the overflow of God's grace and provision.
Matthew 14:14-21 says, "14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children."
God's provision is only one example of His overflow of grace. When the world is unkind, God still cares for us. When the world says you're worthless, God pays a hefty ransom to show how much you're worth to Him. When the world says you don't belong, God makes you an heir to His throne. When you feel like an orphan, He reminds you that you're His.
When we trust God with our hearts, talents, finances, and more, He will lavish so much more than we could dream of accomplishing solo. His miracles are still tangible today. His great power is working where you aren't equipped.
Zechariah 4:6 reminds us that it is not by our personal might or power, but it is by His Spirit. Our only measure is obedience and cheerfulness, dialed by the settings of our faith. This is one place where Jesus gets the glory.
Will you bring what you have to the table - your time, talents, generosity - to experience the overflow? You decide.
Holy Spirit, thank you for your miracles. It's not by our own might God, but by your great and gracious spirit that we can thrive in the overflow. We don't need to fear falling short. You bridge any gap. In these sweet moments where we desperately need you, you do amazing things. We don't need to measure our ability by the world's standards. You bring the extraordinary into our midst. We pray for connection to you. We pray for your continued grace.