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Gather Up the Fragments

Alistair Huong


Alistair Huong

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  • September 4, 2017
    7:00 AM
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Father in heaven thank you so much for the morning. Which we know comes along with a renewed measure of your mercy and your grace towards us if we were not for you we would be nothing and so now as we spend a thoughtful moment contemplating the words of Christ. Speak to us Christ through the Person of the Holy Spirit move into each one of our hearts and as we try to grapple with spiritual things and how those spiritual things impact us in a practical personal real way help us to find something that we can apply as we go home from this mountaintop experience we pray in Jesus name Amen. As you already know my wife and I have a blog called Saving the crumbs dot com and some of the leaders in the back say hey. These are the crumbs you guys are the crumbs so we're saving the crumbs here this morning but the interesting story behind the name. There's actually two stories behind the name the first one is more the practical side and that is when my wife and I first got married early on in our marriage we wanted to bake our own bread we want to save money right so let's bake our own bread and we were using a bread maker and we had recipes and they weren't all turning out properly and so when we were slicing the bread on the cutting board frequently at first we would end up with a mound of crumpets. And what do we normally do with crumbs on the cutting board you just sort of swipe them off into the garbage disposal in the trash and you wash them away right well my wife realized you know we're going to be experimenting with a lot of recipes so we need to think of some resourceful way to deal with these cramps so she would keep them in a little top work container put them in the freezer and a lot of loaves of bread were coming out of our kitchen and before long she perfected the recipe but. Before we got to that point we ended up with a little healthy container full of crumbs and it ended up being worthwhile to use those crumbs to create another dish with. And so when we were trying to come up with a name for this blog about personal finance and frugal living and saving money and all that we realized hey this is the perfect ration saving the crumbs the little bits that we might let go to waste put together may end up being something worthwhile and valuable. So that's one of the stories that lead that lead to us calling our blog saving the crumbs but there's a second reason and the second reason is based on the verse in scripture that we're going to meditate on today. Anyone want to venture a guess OK so the even the dogs eat the crumbs off the masses table that's really good what's the yes like that was yours you guys are really sharp. That's not the story though. Let's turn our Bibles to the Book of John John chapter six. And see if you can figure out from the verse we're going to read. Or the passage we're going to read what the title of our message is this morning and also why we ended up calling our blog saving the crumbs. Let's take a look at verse five then Jesus lifted up his eyes and seeing a great multitude coming toward him he said to Philip where shall we buy bread that these meat but this he said to test him for he himself knew what he would do Philip answered him two hundred denarii I with the bread is not sufficient for them that every one may have a little one of his disciples Andrew Simon Peter's brother said to him there is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish but what are they among so many. Then Jesus said make the people sit down. Now there was much grass in the place of people sat down in number about five thousand and Jesus took the loaves and when he had given thanks he distributed them to the disciples and the disciples to those sitting down and likewise of the fish as much as they wanted and verse twelve this is the key listen carefully wake up so when they were filled he said to His disciples what should they do. Gather up the fragments that remain so the nothing is lost what's another way of putting that save the crumbs and then. Verse thirteen therefore they gathered up and filled how many baskets twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley lows which were left over by those who had eaten Notice Jesus was very sanitary he saved the bread but not the fish just an interesting side note because it would last the trip home. But John six verse twelve was the the biblical reason or the biblical story that helped us come up with this name saving crumbs Ah that's perfect why because Jesus was a crumb savior. Jesus was a frugal man and this story illustrates that to us so I want to focus in on this thought gather up the fragments that nothing that remains so the nothing. Is last and so for the balance of our time together I just want to focus on five lessons that we can learn from the story five lessons from Jesus' words gather up the fragments which happens to be the title of this message this morning gather up the fragments in the first lesson is the most obvious surface level on the nose lesson Jesus is telling us Don't waste Don't be wasteful be resourceful be frugal be economic call. Ben Franklin once said watch the pennies in the dollars will take care of themselves I've heard that statement in the same way just like we gathered the crumbs from the cutting board even though it seemed insignificant just like Jesus gathering up the little bits from the multitude may seem insignificant in and of itself put together it's no longer insignificant and you know today we live in a culture of waste you know I like the imagery I read it somewhere online once and the imagery is so vivid is that our lives are constant exploding volcanoes of waste if we can just see there's a long trail of not just pollution but trash and wasted stuff resources that we have not put to the best use just for an example how many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet right. I'm a man and I have more pairs of shoes and I can count we just put some shoes to the thrift store before we came on the strip and I still have more pairs of shoes than I can hopefully ever wear out. And not only that this idea of waste in our society now it's. We tried to isolate ourselves from it so we buy. These nice packages right from the store we rip it open we throw it in the trash and then we take the trash out but when we take the trash out the trash man comes with a big truck with an automatic arm that picks up the trash and we never see it again. We don't have to dig a hole we don't have to have a burn pile we don't have to compost our scraps from the kitchen because the waste is shipped off isolated from us and so we don't really understand just how much we waste. And so we come into or we live in a consumer society and we often are told you deserve more you should have more stuff you should buy this you should buy that. But in essence we have more than enough we just need to gather up the fact you know we love to complain about the price of gas. And gasoline is one of those things that is a good illustration of this because we feel the dollars at the pump but then we complain about how expensive gas is while we sit there idling the car. Burning the gas going nowhere. We have a disconnect and Jesus is telling us let's remember something. The resources given to us are all talents to be increased not to be wasted and I want to share this passage with you from the book desire of ages page three hundred sixty eight paragraph one we're going to refer back to this several times so if you have you know your electronic devices where you have the Ellen White. Books on there you may want to look this up and follow along desiré just Page three sixty eight program when we can come back to this a couple times he says but he who had all the resources of infinite power at his command said Gather up the fragments that remain the nothing be lost. These words meant more than putting the bread into baskets the lesson was twofold nothing is to be wasted Lesson number one write do not be wasteful nothing is be wasted we are to let slip know temporal advantage we shouldn't like to nothing that will tend to the benefit of a human being let everything be gathered up that will relieve the necessity of Earth's hungry ones but a move are going to move along through this passage because this passage here contains most of the five lessons that we're going to talking about but first one I'm not going to belabor the point I think it's obvious enough Jesus says don't be wasteful and write here does of the desire of ages L.-Y. says nothing is to be wasted it's just bam obvious. But the statement I want to go back to how it starts how it describes Jesus OK. How it characterizes the man who gave the command to gather up the fragments What does a say but He who have the resources of infinite power at his command said Gather up the fragments the nothing be lost do you see the contrast here of what Ellen White is saying on one hand the statement that Jesus says is gather up the fragments the nothing remains but this is not a homeless person saying look you better say that because I'm starving. This is a person Jesus who has the power of infinite power. He has in abundance he's the man who produced all that food and he says don't waste that. Well let me put it another way. How much more bread could Jesus have produced was with there have been a limit to what he could have created. There's no limit. So why would a person that has the absolute abundance at his fingertips tell his disciples to go through the trouble of picking up the crumbs. There's a lesson here. The lesson is having an abundance is no excuse to be wasteful because Jesus of all people have the excuse to waste because he has it I'll just make more I made it all anyway it all belongs to me anyway he could have said that but he's trying to teach us through the example of his disciples a lesson and that is just because we can doesn't mean we should waste and how often now when we think about our lives we think about less just it's more convenient if I just throw it away or I'll just buy more or I just won't be as economical because it's just a little bit oh famous last words but I can't afford it. Can we really sometimes what's the big deal of wasting a little food when I eat out fairly dense my budget. What's the big deal for me to idle my gas guzzling S.U.V. Or have a couple extra cars lying around that I don't need I make enough money it's OK to waste a little bit right. But let me just put this into perspective you know sometimes we think of ourselves in terms of what we see on T.V. you know You Tube ads you know the life of the rich and famous. When we think oh but we're not we don't have an overflowing abundance rive we're not like Jesus we don't have infinite power perhaps but just think with me for a moment. A couple hundred years ago compared to a couple hundred years ago we live better lives than even the kings and royalty of the medieval ages especially in Southern California on any given night of the week we can select any type of cuisine from any country in the world that we want to partake. We just take off and we just pick whatever food we want to eat and there are all armies of waiters competing to serve you. Whereas kings just several hundred years ago they couldn't even have that luxury. And how are we conveyed to the place of dining the kings of the medieval ages they might have chariots lined with the pelts of dead animals drawn by horses and carriages perhaps but now today how are we conveyed we have chariots of our own powered by the juice of dead dinosaurs right lined with the skins of dead animals not only that we now ride in little boxes where we can control the weather inside. I know you drove up here and it was one hundred ten degrees down the mountain and you had air conditioning in your car if that's not controlling the weather I don't know what it is and just think let's take this one step further if you have one of these things you don't even need to own your own car you just download or you press a button and a card shows up and chauffeurs you to where ever you want to go and you don't even have to pay with cash out of your wallet you press a button think what the medieval kings and royalty of hundred several hundred years ago with think if they realized the common folk will live this way. They're going to say what kind of sorcery is this. We live with an over abundance of goods resources and blessings and Jesus is telling us it is no excuse to waste. And then these devices that we can hail a car out of thin air we say. I need a new one every two years. These are super computers we must be like curing cancer and solving world hunger with these things right but we sit on the toilet watching You Tube videos. We have an overflowing abundance and Jesus Himself the is described as the one with infinite power he has far more than we'll ever have and he said Gather up the fragments. So we've got our smartphones we've got we've got our computers we've got the Internet we've got all and more than we need all the luxuries that the kings of old could only dream up and we waste. John D. Rockefeller I've heard this mentioned before John D. Rockefeller is the richest American in his generation in the one nine hundred thirty S. And some say he was the richest man American of all time adjusted for inflation they say that his net worth is over three hundred billion dollars. In today's dollars that was less than one hundred years ago one nine hundred thirty S.. And you went on middle class. Middle class system members of society we live a better life than him. We can travel to any country of the world we can book our own plane tickets to health care a minute these education the luxuries in the house like a flushing toilet. He didn't even have that and he was worth over three hundred billion dollars Today we have an overflow of abundance. And it's a matter of perspective. The perspective is. That if we have so much it is made me look like license for us to be wasteful it's like so there's so much left over there's enough for everybody so why does it matter if I'm not you know taking care of the crumbs but the other perspective which is what I believe Jesus is trying to tell us. Is that the abundance that he has given into our care is for the benefit of others and so because we have been given much much more is required of us Jesus had the power to create unlimited food he had no lack he had in abundance and it would have saved him more time it would have been less hassle less frustration to create more on demand then to send his disciples out to gather the leftovers and so he's telling us there is no excuse there is no excuse we are the wealthiest yet most of wasteful generation who has ever walked the earth and Jesus says to us gather up the fragments lesson that was Lesson number two less a number one Don't waste Lesson number two abundance is no excuse Lesson number three Learn to be content because think about it Jesus could have made ten fifteen twenty course meal. He could have made any type of food as much variety as fancy as he want that's not what he gave them all to do was it. It was barley loaves and fish simple wholesome food that met the needs of the people and he left it at that. He provided for their physical needs Yes but he didn't cater to extravagance that's the other lesson. The Bible tells us that your bread and water shall be sure they meant. It does not say your Panesar a bread and coconut water shall be sure there's a difference. When I was in high school I got my first job. And it was a minimum wage job back then was five dollars twenty five an hour five twenty five something like that and as any. You know normal teenager who gets his first paycheck what you think I was thinking about. Spending Yes and I wanted a pair of basketball shoes I. Didn't play basketball but I wanted to ask questions. And that's actually a little bit of a lesson as you know why do you think I want to ask why she's what you think all my friends were wearing. Jordans Exactly and so. I calculated in my head OK five dollars seventy five how many hours we have to work to be able to afford a fifty dollars pair of shoes. Ten hours yeah OK I can do that and then I wanted. Another video game I'm a recovered video game addict but at the time I was avidly into games eighty dollars game OK How many hours as I can and then a camera or yeah all my friends are getting cameras OK sunglasses even though I can't wear them because I have you know prescription. Sunglasses OK and OK new pair of jeans right oh yeah I'm going to get my driver's license and so yeah I want to car so pretty soon right it was very quick for me to dream of things that I needed to buy that have vastly outstripped my capacity to earn money to pay for you understand that reasoning. And you know what that's called that's called the American dream isn't that true. The American dream that's forced upon us now as you get out there anything you want and you don't have to pay for it just what the credit card and we'll come after you later. Or another way to put it is the American dream is simply now a perpetual state of discontent. And Jesus is teaching the lesson. Be content with what you've got. Yes I could have given them a ten course feast with delicacies and pastries and vegan cookies. But you didn't. Be satisfied with having your needs met is what Jesus was trying to tell us. And the problem I really have to drill in this point is that this goes contrary to everything we hear in the media in society everywhere we look everything is calculated I mean marketing That's what marketing is scientifically trying to do is to create in you a desire if I can say a lust of eyes lust of the flesh. For us to desire and want things that we don't need it is creating the sense of discontent and everything we have permeated with that as a Jesus lesson here just cannot be lost and that is contentment is a character attribute. And if we are not going to resist the tie those pressing in upon us we are not going to reflect fully the image of Jesus. Jesus was a man yes he had at his disposal all the riches of heaven but he became a servant. But he showed us the example of being content. So we're told by this it'll make you happy to spend money on this will make you prettier spend this on this membership it'll make you more attractive. Discontentment is what people are trying to foist upon us when all we're doing is breaking that tent commit. In that what covetousness is wanting something that we don't have and discontentment. Is the root of that P.T. Barnum once said money is a very excellent servant but a terrible master. Money can be used to great good this is what Ellen White says cross object lessons page three fifty one paragraph three but money is of no more value than sand only as it is put to use in providing the necessities of life blessing others in advancing the cause of Christ. And so let us be content and the Bible also says first of the six six I just quoted quickly don't you turn their godliness with contentment is great gain. It is better to have a little and be content with it than to have everything in the world but be unhappy and discontent all the time I really want to drill this point home so turn your Bibles with me to Philippians chapter four it will be instructive for the Postle Paul. This is where we read a very path famous passage OK we're going to start with the Libyans chapter four and verse thirteen you already know it by heart probably. What does it say amen I can do how much all things through Christ who strengthens me so we read this verse and we apply it to all sorts of circumstances overcoming some addiction I can do all things overcoming some obstacle in my life I can do all things through Christ strengthens me I need to pass this exam I need to you know overcome this dilemma in my life yes overcome the sin yes I can do all thing but what's Paul really saying. Let's look at verse eleven. So you look at the context OK what is Paul specifically identify and I'm not saying we can't claim that promise for other things but verse eleven as read not that I speak in regard to need for I have learned in whatever state I am to be what content let's keep reading verse twelve I know how to be abased and I know how to abound everywhere in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry both abound and to suffer need verse thirteen then says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me so specifically what is it that Paul is able to do through cries who strengthens him have a spirit of what content meant and notice Paul here is saying implying rather that this is one of the most difficult things that we need victory over. That's what he's implying he's saying I've learned to do this I've learned in whatever state I am to be content whether I'm hungry whether I'm full whether I'm a based whether I abound whether I have a lot whether I have nothing in all situations I have learned to be content and you know what it is such a difficult thing I have to claim that promise that only through Christ can I have that spirit of content. And that's what Jesus trying to tell us in the feeding of the five thousand gather up the fragments that remain Do not be discontent. Jesus might have given one servant five talents and another ten a servant two talents and another servant one talent part of the lesson I believe of the parable of the talents is not merely to improve the talents but to be content with the talents we've been given. And to do our utmost even though we may only have one and that guy over there has got five. Let's learn to be content. Lesson Number Four Well let's let's review group quick we don't have the slides trying to be nice to our A.V. crews so we don't have technical issues with the slides but let's review the three points of our lesson number one don't be wasteful be resourceful let's number two in abundance having abundance is no excuse Lesson number three Learn to be content you know I have a few minutes let me just mention this one thing and that is learning to be content does not mean we have to. Deprive ourselves of all that is necessary for health and comfort if you were my seminar you've heard this already let me just make I'll just read this one statement having a home is three seventy nine paragraph two says we cannot make the heart pure or holy year by clothing the body is sackcloth or depriving the home of all that ministers to comfort taste of convenience let me mention that one more time. We cannot make ourselves our hearts pure or holy or by clothing the body in sackcloth or depriving the home of all that ministers to comfort taste or convenience so what is analyzing God through Alan wising is that yes we should be content with what we have but we are not earning any merit by self flagellation by depriving our families of comforts and assess it is to take care of them right so there is a balance here yes be content but is not to say lets the less I have the holy or I am that's that's salvation by works. Let's not go there. Lesson Number four. Back to that quote I read earlier. That began but he who had the resources of infinite power of his command Jesus says gather the fragments nothing is to be wasted we have to let slip no temporal advantage why why should we not waste here is the answer we should neglect nothing that will tend to the benefit of a human being. Let everything be gathered up that will relieve the necessity of Earth's hungry one. You see we are not to save merely to hoard up we're not to be a screwed. We're not to be you know stashing up in barns and bigger barns right like the rich forward gods as you for tonight your soul be required of the the purpose for being economical is so that we have more to assist those that don't have here's another says here's another statement minister of healing pitch two zero six paragraph too many despise economy confounding it with stinginess and narrowness and that's a risk right people who just want to save and save and save and save it's there's a word as my eyes are really there being a screwed they're being cheap they're being stingy right she says a lot of people think the economy is just being stingy but Ellen says no no no economy is consistent with the broadest liberality indeed without economy there can be no true liberality and she makes a very clear we are to save that we may give. Jesus was a brilliant marketer. Because listen to what he did write think about he has twelve baskets of leftovers What did he do with that he saved it for who the people took the leftovers home. And what do you think they did when they got home. They sat down with the rest of the family who were not on the mountainside and they said you would not believe what happened today. And as a result of what happens to the gospel message of Jesus was teaching. It spread Jesus was brilliant with his marketing strategy that day. He said Gather up the leftovers. Take home what you want share it with those who weren't here today and tell them what you saw tell them what you heard me teach and teach them about the kingdom of heaven there's a friend of mine well before I get there before I get there let me tell you no story. There is a story about a lady by the name of Gladys home. She lived in the city of Chicago and she died in the year one thousand nine hundred six. As as an elderly lady and for a whole life she worked as the executive secretary for a C.E.O. of a corporation based in Chicago. And her peak pay was fifteen thousand dollars a year course with inflation and everything I think that is probably closer to thirty forty thousand today but still not massive sums of money. And as. As a woman in Chicago she was single she didn't really have heirs or family or anything like that but she loved to go visit children in the children's hospital the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and she became known as the teddy bear lady because she would always bring teddy bears with her to give to the children in the children's hospital. And when she died in one thousand nine hundred six there was a small funeral with just a handful of friends who were there and she had left in her will some money for meal for them across the street at a favorite restaurant and she told them remember the happy thoughts. No children no airs. And so passed to the grave seemingly conspicuously forgotten in history forever Ms Gladys home until a short while later her a state attorney came to the office of the president of the Children's Hospital. And he told the president he said Miss home had left you a gift in her will. Guess how much it was it was a several million and you want to want to mention other guess. That's close it was for eighteen million dollars And this woman was not my is really she was known to have a very vibe vicious you know personality she had you know her friends she would go out with but she was extremely economical but she didn't save it for herself she lived in a small apartment she had one car she did not waste the money for herself. And there's more to the story. After the president of that children's hospital picked himself up off the floor he said that there's got to be some mistake. The lawyer said no we have done a due diligence we've checked everything the accounts are clear here's the check and they did a little digging and they realized through the years there had been anonymous checks coming into the children's hospital paying for the worst charity cases they never knew where the money came from but putting dots together they realized that Ms glad is home under the spy right as a spy under the pretense of being the teddy bear lady was doing espionage she went in to investigate who were the truly needy cases and then she would go home write a check anonymously send it in and pay for all the bills. To the best of my knowledge she was not a Christian lady certainly not an avid asleep. But she understood this lesson that Jesus is trying to teach us we have more than enough. And whatever abundance that we do have it's not for us to spend for ourselves there are people who need this and Jesus himself he he used as an example take this food home is not going to for me and my disciples we don't have a lot of money but you take it and you tell some someone else about what I have done for you and you know yesterday I mention this in my seminar as well some of you were there how often we as the children of God or let me put it this way how often the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of life while there is an abundance of around us we are trapped still under the bondage of debt as perhaps for many of us as young students or soon to be graduates we say we want to do something for God but I've got all the student law what am I going to do how am I going to help someone else when I need help myself and how often the the vicious look in the eyes of students going in to get trained for service of God they leave school cynical jaded depressed stressed out beaten down because Lord I want to serve you but I need help right now but you know there are those who are doing it let me give you another example there's a friend of mine some of you probably know who he is a medical student graduated from Loma Linda Medical School he beans and rice all the way through school worked hard paid off his loans quickly got his residency fellowship He's an emergency room physician today and instead of just expanding his life more and more and more and more he tries to work as little as he can to pay the bills and the rest of his time he dedicated to ministry he bought a house but he bought a house not from self he takes care of his elderly infirm grandmother total care paying for in home care everything he everything that he earns goes to help someone else and every natural disaster typhoons earthquakes in Haiti. In Philippines Fukushima Japan earthquake in China Ebola crisis I mean he's there because he has a range his life in such a way his talents is employed his resources are put to such efficient use that whatever he does is for the kingdom of heaven. And yes perhaps we might not be in that same situation right now we might not be able to do what he does but the same Thwaite of thinking should be the same God you've given me so much how can I live most economically how going to be more content so that as much of this abundance can be a ploy for the service of the Kingdom of God Jesus we want you to come soon and I don't want my money to delay your coming I wanted to hasten your coming. And so Jesus is teaching us this lesson. Don't waste but not just to be mine is really to be stingy but to help others testimonies for the church volume five page one fifty six paragraph one of his brethren a week from your life of selfishness and act like consisting Christians the Lord requires you to economize your means and let every dollar not need it for your comfort to flow into the treasury That's pretty direct. So we've talked about for less and so far we're coming down to the last one don't waste abundance is no excuse learn to be content and save in order to give and you say yeah that's nice but I really am struggling some of you might be. I don't want to put you down that's not my intent I'm on trying to hold up the standard and ideal for which to strive for and this fifth point is for those of us who need help John chapter six and verse eight. Before Jesus multiplied the blows on the fishes for the masses before there were fragments to be gathered up they had no resources there was nothing at hand how are we going to buy enough bread for all of these people even two hundred scenario is not enough that everyone might have a bite and Andrew verse eight John six Andrew Simon Peter's brother said to him there is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish and notice what he adds years five Barlow's and two fish but what are they all monks so many. Some of us here might be struggling with debt. And we look at our feeble crumbs in our savings account we say What are these among so many. We might be sick where we feel like I can't hold down a steady job I'm still in school or I don't have the training or I have a bad situation in which someone else you know has hurt me or I'm in a position in which I myself as a and in distress and we look at ourselves and we say What am I among so many what do I have that's worth anything I cannot hope to call myself out of this hole it's a dark pit financial distress is one of the biggest causes of divorce yes of depression also. Of stress at least. And we say what do I have that is worth anything among so many we have to put food on the table children to raise a roof to put over their heads their stress pressing in expectations the bills are piling up and we say I can't do it. There are five thousand miles of feet and I've got five barley loaves Lord what am I going to do Lesson Number five is use what you got bring what you have to Jesus and let him multiply your loaves and fish that's Lesson Number five Jesus can bless your loaves and fishes too he is still in the business of multiplying our meager resources so that we might be of greater service to him I. Want to share with you in closing my story I'm running out of time here but when I was one after my wife and I got married I decided I want to go back to graduate school and I knew I didn't want to get into debt. And so we were talking about what are we going to do what are we going to do what are we going to do we have to live but I also have to pay I was going to Southern Avenue University Avenue School it's not. Graduate Program. And so we decided we're going to do our best to work our way through. So my wife got a job with a local nonprofit didn't pay a whole lot of money but enough to pay the bills but I still had to wishing to worry about what was I going to do before I get to that part of the story of the set the stage in the year two thousand and ten my wife and I got married in October of two thousand and ten my wedding date is very easy remember it was October ten twenty ten ten ten ten. But that's previous summer it was a G.C. session in Atlanta you remember and we were going there and so as we were going to Atlanta we drove through Southern College Dale and I stopped in to visit with my my advisor in the business department where I was getting my degree some in some paperwork get to meet them before I started my program in the fall or in the winter semester. And as I walked into the office and I was talking with the registrar and I was getting to know her and I was talking a little bit of voice calls out from across the office that hey you. An elderly gentleman came running over with a big smile on his face he looked at us he said were you driving down Interstate seventy five south yesterday were you in a white Honda Accord did you have a license plate cover the Says Spreen Honda Loma Linda on it. My car was purchased in Loma Linda. And I looked at him I thought this is strange I said well yes this is what he said he said yesterday my wife and I were on the freeway driving and we saw you and she was my wife at the time but my fiance and my wife and I looked at each other and said and they saw the level in the plates those must be as young people heading to the G.C. and somehow we must have looked the part. Praise God if that's the case but he looked at us and he it lodged in his mind he said I recognized you when you walked into my office that you were that couple that we saw on the road yesterday. And he was the dean of the business department we walked out of the office that day looking at each other and saying. We think there's something to this divine appointment. Fast forward fast forward fast forward that was July October we get married January we land in cold winter dreary college in Tennessee I'm starting my master's program and I'm we're in a basement of a friend's house we couldn't we haven't found a place to rent because I didn't have a job my wife at that point had just got a job and so we were looking for a place where we didn't know how much we could afford or we could have the pull out from our savings to pay for graduate school and I'm going to have to end up getting a student loan anyway and I don't have to be a Wal-Mart greeter to make ends meet what I'm going to have to do and I was in the dark hole done G dark basement doing accounting homework like there is no lower place you can be. When I got an email. It was the dean of the business school one line are you looking for a job. What media I called him or wrote him back I say Yeah he said come in right now I went to to his office that was already a week into the semester he sat me down and long story short there was a new graduate assistant ship position opening working for him. And I was the first name that came to mind. And that position. Paid for my entire education. There were some sacrifices to be made I couldn't finish in the time allotted I had to work all my breaks right I had to stay long after the semester was over start before the semester started I had to work and study all through the summer Those are my five loaves and fishes. I didn't have a ton of money I was willing to work though I was willing to extend my course right instead of finishing in whatever number of months I did take fewer classes work longer war semesters it took a lot a little bit longer to finish the program but that was me giving to Jesus my five loaves and two fish and saying Lord you multiply them I don't know what to do. And when we chose to be faithful to him and to be willing to put forth the work God is able to say what we have and multiply it to meet the need so I don't know what your situation is God may not he will not certainly answer in exactly the way he answered for us but he has a thousand ways for you to provide for you of which we know nothing. But the lesson is what you have in your hand. And the message we've heard all weekend there's only one thing to do with what we've got and that's to surrender it to Jesus and He will supply our lack. Yes how we manage our money is important aspect of our character and Jesus through this lesson or through this example of feeding the five thousand this teaching us five things don't waste. Don't waste. And having abundance is no excuse to waste we must learn the lesson of contentment and like Paul even if we need to claim the promise I do all things the cross the strength is me he will answer that prayer and number four we have to save in order to give the benefit of others in number five no matter what situation you're in Jesus can still multiply the loaves and fishes bring him what you have and so in conclusion for a morning devotion today let us once more make that commitment lord all that I have no matter if it's a lot no matter if it's a little bit all that I have is yours is that your desire today as Raise your hands together to make that commitment let's pray Father in heaven thank you so much that you are a God who is still in the business of multiplying the loaves and fishes and Lord we have need of that today whatever the circumstances the needs may be in the lives of this congregation we know you are more than able to supply our lack maybe simply be faithful in seeking first. The Kingdom of God and His righteousness that all these things may be added unto us and may we be like that young lad willing to give you are a whole lot of which even if it's only five and two fishes. May we have the heart of surrender that every peace every fiber of our being everything that we have is yours. And transform us into your image so that like Jesus we may constantly be thinking of what we can do for the benefit of others the talents given to us may we employ for the service of the kingdom of heaven that Jesus may come soon. And Lord as we head down from this mountain we know that there will be temptations keep us though go with us and help us to remain faithful until the day you return we pray and ask all of these things now in Jesus name. This media was brought to you by. A website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about. If you would like to listen to more sermons Visit W W W.


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