A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God some bread from the early produce—twenty loaves of barley bread and fresh grain from his bag.[b] Elisha said, “Give it to the people so they can eat.”
His servant said, “How can I feed one hundred men with this?”
Elisha said, “Give it to the people so they can eat! This is what the Lord says: ‘Eat and there will be leftovers.’” So the servant gave the food to them. They ate and had leftovers, in agreement with the Lord’s word.
Isn’t this story familiar to Jesus followers? Some bread that stretches much farther than it should? This is another of Elisha’s miraculous happenings. Elisha is given the bread as a gift for himself, but he insists it be shared with others.
I have friends who do this on their special occasions. One couple I know skipped the wedding registry and asked that people give gifts to Heifer International instead. For their wedding, they were able to give away a veritable Ark of animals to families in developing countries, whose job it was to raise the animals and give their offspring away- the gift that keeps on giving.
In our world where advertisers try to make us think we need things that we don’t even want, Elisha’s God invites us to live a life of abundance. We already have more than enough, so spread it around!
God of Abundant Gifts and Bread Aplenty, help me to tune out the scarcity mentality hawked all around me. Instead, let me luxuriate it all you give! Amen.
Almost tax time! As you are gathering your documents, ask God to show you were you are in need of better stewardship of all you’ve been given. Try this resource to help you out:
Hold up a piece of bread. Ask your kids, “How many people would this feed?” Then, help your kids use a butter knife to cut up a piece of bread in the smallest amounts possible. Now ask, “Now how many people could have a piece of the bread?” See if your kids can guess what all those tiny pieces of bread look like (communion!).