Monday, November 13: Twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over
How we think impacts how we live our whole lives. God wants to transform us, to make us more and more like Jesus, by changing the way we think—what the Bible calls the renewing of our minds. For five weeks, we'll survey five aspects of how God can and will change our minds, along with a prayer challenge for each week.
Read Matthew 14:13-21
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, 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 themselves some food."
Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."
"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
"Bring them here to me," he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Even after Jesus tells the disciples that they can feed the 5,000 people, they still only see the bread and fish in front of them. On their own, they see scarcity in the face of great need. In Jesus’ hands, the meager meal becomes abundance—with twelve baskets of leftovers! The world says, "Fend for yourself," but Jesus says, "Feed my people." That includes us all.
How do you and could you allow God to change your thinking from scarcity—doing things on your own—to abundance—doing life with him? Sometimes the great gifts and talents God has given us may not look like not enough, in comparison to what he's asking us to do. But when we let him work through us, his gifts will be more than enough.
A prayer for the week
God, thank you for the gift of another day and the opportunities it brings. You are a good and generous God. Help me to live today with great anticipation of the abundant goodness you're bringing to me and those around me. Renew my mind so that I can see your good life, join in it, share it, and invite others to join in. Amen.