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Summary of Devotion by Mr Didier Schott - 8 November 2010

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.


Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” (John 6:1-14)

We see three types of persons here.

1) Those who followed Jesus but didn't want to believe. They just wanted to see miracles and be satisfied by His company.

Many people come to KwaSizabantu to see miracles. They come to see but they don't come to hear.

We live in a very materialistic world where we want to see and touch things.

Many only want to meet Jesus in a familiar friendly way, but they do not want Him to change their lives and hearts.

2) Those who believe but don't trust Him fully.

Jesus asked the disciples to feed the people and He knew where the food would come from.

When Jesus ask you anything, be sure that He always has the answer. So pray that He will give you His answer.

When He asks you to go somewhere then don't think about how much it will cost or this or that difficulty, but know that He asks you but He has the answer. Ask Him to show you His answer.

He calls you to love Him with all your hearts. Many young people get the calling to do this or that for the Lord but gets side-tracked by worries.

Ten of the twelve spies of Israel discouraged the people not to take Canaan. Only Joshua and Calab encouraged them that they should take possession of the land. But the people listened to the ten who discouraged them.

So in your calling to whom do you listen? It makes a huge difference. There will always be many who give advice. Be careful to whom you listen

3) Those who fully trusted Jesus even though they only had a little.

So lastly we have this little boy who came with the little he had and gave it to Jesus. The little boy was there near Jesus even though it was not his place.

The situation looked desperate as if there was no solution, but this boy gave the little he had and God could use that to satisfy the crowds.

So too your situation might look desperate but give the Lord the little you have and He will use that as you surrender all to Him.

Consider in which group you fall.




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