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Sharing What We Have To The Lord's Ministry

Text: John 6:1-14    IBCSS   January 29, 2006

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

   Supporting a ministry that spreads the Word of God is an act of love which is yet to be learned by many Christians. The alarming situation of many ministries which struggle for survival is a heart-breaking sign that many professing believers are not really supportive to the ministry of the Lord. There is always a danger when one's involvement in the ministry gradually dies because of vanishing love for the Savior and for the lost souls.

 

   During the earthly ministry of the Lord, He could have made monetary-related miracles such as turning stones into gold, making breads out of leaves or making large amount of money within a split of a second to finance His ministry, but He did not do such miracles because He wanted believers to give support and be a part of His earthly ministry.

 

   In Luke Chapter 8, the Bible mentioned the names of Mary called Magdalene, Joanna, Susana and many unnamed individuals who ministered unto the Lord of their substance. Godly and intelligent believers surely comprehend the relevance of what they did for the Lord during their times. It has a practical message of sharing what we have to the ministry of the Lord.

 

   A study of the Bible account of the feeding of five thousand could offer us important things to consider in ministering people with the Word of God. In John 6:5-7, it is written, When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. (KJV) The word "buy" and the phrase "two hundred pennyworth of bread" only show that money has an appropriated place and a vital role to play in the spreading the Gospel of Christ.

 

   In John 6:8-10, it is written, One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. (KJV) This account from the Bible shows the importance of supporters in the ministry. The lad had a willing heart to share what he had. His five barley loaves and two small fishes may seem insignificant, but it is worthy to take note of the lad's desire to give support according to his reasonable service. In fact, this simple act of faith and unselfishness gave him an opportunity to become a remarkable part of the Lord's awesome ministry. Share what you have to the ministry and you will see its God-glorifying result. 

                                                   

              (I) It Will Be Blessed By The Lord

    Matthew 14:15-19   John 6:1-11

 

   We strongly believe that the kind of giving the lad had shown publicly was a faith-triggered giving. The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. The things he gave coupled with sincerity and faith surely pleased the Lord and the Lord blest them and used them to feed about five thousand. We'll be amazed to see how far our giving could go if God bless it.    

 

   Beyond doubt, Christians desire the blessings of the Lord to be poured into their lives and ministries, but without faith in their giving, they will never experience the miraculous working of God in their lives. Support the Lord's ministry faithfully and you'll never be in want.   

 

              (II) Many Will Come To Know The Truth

     Mark 6:34-39

 

   In Mark 6:34-39, it is written, And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. (KJV) Our main goal in the ministry is to spread the Word of God and multitudes of people will be reached with the Gospel if we are serious and determined to support and maintain our existing ministries. Many ministries have the potential to reach millions of souls, but because of the believers' insensitivity to the needs of their Local Churches, they become unproductive and could hardly maintain their God-given ministries.

 

   The spiritual and physical needs of the multitudes that came and listened to the Lord's teachings were met because Jesus ministered to them in the way of truth and the lad gave what he had in support of the Lord's ministry. May we see the principal need of mankind and have compassion for them. True believers should not neglect their responsibility to teach the Truth to others at any cost.              

 

              (III) Many Will Be Blessed

      John 6:10-13   Mark 6:41-44

 

   We sing the song "Make Me A Blessing" and it reminds us of our desire to be used by God and be a blessing to someone.  If we really mean what we sing, we should consider giving what we have to the ministry, and certainly, our lives will become a channel of blessings to others. The lad gave what he had to the Lord and how many people were blessed? In John 6:10-12, it is written, And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (KJV) Give and be a blessing to others. We could hardly imagine the remarkable results of our giving if all Christians get involved in our World Missions Program.   

 

             (IV)  Our Opportunity To Become A Part Of The Lord's Miracle

      John 6:9-14

 

   Great men of the world have a significant part in the world history and their names and sayings are being admired by men. They have impacted the world through their remarkable contribution for the benefit of others and their lives touched millions and inspired them to do great things also. On the other hand, here's a lad whose name was not even mentioned in the Bible, but through his excellent attitude toward giving, he became a significant part of God's miracle. May our giving be found pleasing to God, and like the lad, may our lives become a blessing to our generation and the generations to come. Get involved in the Lord's ministry and be a part of His miraculous working!       

   

   

                  

 

 

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