A God of abundance or… God uses the small things
John 6:1-14 and 2 Corinthians 4:13-5.1
Today is the start of a sermon series about generous giving and living. We heard the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves, offered by a little boy in the vast crowd. Probably as an adult I would hesitate to offer my meagre packed lunch to feed so many people: what would be the point in the face of such a problem?!
The little boy didn’t think like this: he gave all he had, and Jesus turned it into a feast for 5000 ( and that was probably only the men, as women and children weren’t routinely counted, although no doubt they were there!). Jesus showed that God is a God of abundance.
Rev Glynn shared her own experience of Christian giving. By giving to God first, everything fell into place: when she gave to God out of what was left it was much more of a struggle. God blessed her generosity.
Glynn experienced her own financial miracle during an early time in their marriage: when she looked back at her monthly records, she had spent more than she received. Somehow this miracle had happened. God showers blessing on us.
We should not give because we think we ought to: God loves a cheerful giver. We give in response to our generous abundant God, because we want to. We celebrate God’s generosity with thanksgiving. Just as with the little boy 2000 years ago, God will still today take the little we offer and use it miraculously!