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Share the Blessing

By Pastor Jack Marbida

There are so many things that we can share with other people. But there are also so many things that we have to keep because they are not helpful in any way.

Blessings can literally be translated into material things. But it is more than money. As Christians, you were already given blessings as it is. Before Jesus went to heaven, He left the Holy Spirit. You think things will be easier when you walk the Christian walk. But with the Holy Spirit, you are taught to respond properly to the opportunities given for you to shine like Jesus.

Matthew 14:13-22 says “As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. “Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.”

In this story, Jesus finds out that John has been beheaded. He then went to a place where there were no people. But a crowd followed Him anyway. They knew He was going to perform miracles. After so much fanfare, the disciples wanted to send the people home. But Jesus thought otherwise. He wanted them to stay and give them food to eat. In the vicinity, there were only 5 loaves and 2 fish. So Jesus looked to heaven, prayed for the food and fed everybody.

In this instance, the bread is parallel to the body of Jesus Christ. If you know Him, you have a blessing that you can share to other people. If you walk in Jesus’ faith, you will never grow hungry. During this pandemic, if you walk in Jesus’ power and presence, you should never lack.

Looking at the time of Jesus in this story, He went away to pray. But the people followed Him and His prayer time was cut short. Prayer time is very important. The clock is ticking. You might have lived half of your life already for all you know.

Time is important. It is gold. How can you make sure that you are walking the walk? What are you doing with your life? How much time do you spend doing everything you do? Is it helping you to become a better person? Are you being productive? How do you value your time? Do you think you are productive with your family? Do you think you are productive when you spend time with the Lord? God knows and sees your heart. When you make time for Him, He also makes time for you.

The biggest difference between money and time is that you always know how much money you have but you never know how much time you have left.

David says in Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to number our days that we may cultivate and bring to you a heart of wisdom.” Schedule your day to make it more productive. Spend quality time with your family.

Share your talents and treasures. Use them wisely and allocate some to others. God grants everyone a gift. You simply have to discover it. Earnestly seek and pray about it so you may share it with others. 1 Peter 4:10-11 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:19 also says, “Do not store up for yourself treasures on earty where moth and rust destroy and where thieves may break in and steal.

Share love. You cannot give what you do not have. You can love superficially. But if you receive love that comes from the heart, it is so easy to give is away and share it to others. You are the recipient of God’s love. Share it with as many people as you can.

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