Thursday, August 7, 2008

Blessing by Giving

The story of the feeding of the five thousand is always a favorite Sunday School lesson. I remember my Sunday School teacher told us that the story was about sharing your blessings. And the one who showed to everybody there and to all of us now how to share is a little child. A child represents something that is small or insignificant. Sometimes that is how we feel with ourselves. We think that we are just a child who is insiginificant to anything. We feel that we are invaluable to the church. We may be small like a child but we are significant to God. If we share ourselves, our time, our treasure and our talents to God, then God will make us a blessing. The child knew he had five loaves of bread and two fish, but he knew it will not benefit the five thousand people with him. He only became a blessing after he offered what little he had to Jesus. It was Jesus who blessed the little food he had that the miracle of feeding five thousand people happened.
As young people, we think that we are insignificant to the church because we had little to offer. We do not give because we think it is too insignifciant to be of use. It may be true that we cannot share millions or thousands of dollars as our offering, or we may not be able to dedicate a full five days of volunteering in the church, or we may not have the talent to play the church music, but it is not an excuse that we do not share anything at all. God gave all of us blessings that we also must properly give back whatever is due to God. The tithes we offer may not be as big like that of a millionaire but if it is what is due to God and we offer it to God then God will multiply it for us. God will use it to be a blessing to a multitude. The talent of setting up the musical instruments and sound system may not be the same as playing the musical instruments but people will be blessed if we offer these talents to God. We may not have the same amount of time to devote to church like our church worker does, but our dedication to spare some time to always bring the kids for their Saturday activity will be a blessing to someone’s life. The bottom line is that the little things in our lives will always be little until we offer it to God for God’s kingdom building. It is God who graciously multiplies whatever little time, treasure or talent we offer. The five loaves of bread and two fish that we have will be a blessing to five thousand people if we offer and give it to God.

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