16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. 17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!Luke 9:16-17, NLT
One thing I notice as I read through today’s Luke chapter is this: The “leftovers” from feeding five thousand was greater than the original offering. As we live, breathe, and seek to glorify God, we need to remember this. The outpour is often greater than the offering. In this example, the outpour is seen physically through the leftover baskets. Often times, the outpour isn’t seen with physical eyes. But, there is always a greater outpour than our original offering.
Recently I had the opportunity to see this with my own human eyes. My niece and I chose to do something as a way of welcoming a new neighbor. Even though it wasn’t done for any kind of blessing poured upon us, the Lord definitely did give us an “outpour”. Yes it was physical, but even more so emotionally and relationally.
The outpour of our offering to the Lord is often greater than our original offering. I say “often,” because as a human being I know this isn’t always the case. We can give an offering, and it feels like there is no outpour. But, we know the God we serve. As we give unto the Lord, He will bless us. He will bless our relationship with Himself and one another. We give, because the Lord has given us so much. So may we give out of what the Lord has given us, knowing the Lord is our Provider and Abba Father.
May we choose to place our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ above all other things. May we choose to live out verses 23-26 on a daily and even hourly basis.
23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.Luke 9:23-24
1 Praise the Lord, who is my rock.Psalm 144:1-2
He trains my hands for war
and gives my fingers skill for battle.
2 He is my loving ally and my fortress,
my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
He makes the nations submit to me.