John 6:5-14 (NKJV) 5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. 7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” 10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Two hundred denarii were actually eight months’ wages. Philip was saying this because that is how impossible that situation seemed. But as we all have experienced, it all seems impossible until it is done. Haha…well this was just a question directed at Philip only to test him; only to gauge how high his faith was and how far his vision could stretch. Somebody interrupts this exchange though; Andrew was explaining how a lad had 5 loaves and two small fish among the crowd. There was a portion but that portion was not enough for everyone present to benefit from it. My spiritual father (Prophete Joel Lutuka) always tells us how we must work on exciting the anointing of God in the man of God if we are to see any miracle. Well, Andrew knew how to do that. He gave Jesus something to work with. He gave Jesus a way to feed people by locating a lad who had food. A question keeps turning round in my mind: Did the lad always eat that much? Or was it already in his heart as he came to this particular meeting that he would share his lunch with a few more people? If that was the case then, his heart desire was fulfilled in a much greater way than he could ever imagine.
Jesus instructed the people to sit down but wait…was the environment conducive for that?
“10 Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.”
Would have the people sat down if the ground was muddy? You have to realize that the environment that you are operating in really matters. When people are in an environment where they are uncomfortable in, they will be less attentive and less productive. This is something that leaders; whether in a church setting or at work, should work on – providing or creating conducive environments for people under them to thrive in. I have seen a simple atmosphere making people able to interact freely and just laughing their hearts out yet they are merely strangers and another where even the closest of friends would be completely silent.
The first principle of multiplication is that you have to have something in your hand. It is from what you have that you will get more. It’s from the idea that you have that you can create a sustainable business, it is from your planting that you can receive a great harvest. Jesus took what He had in His hand and started with giving thanks. This in itself is so profound. Many people own things yet they are always complaining about what they do not have. They look at where they want to get to but they forget that a process is involved in getting there. Their portion therefore cannot be increased because they are blinded by their greed without knowledge. God is interested in knowing what you think about what you have before He can give you more. Your complaining keeps your portion from being increased. Jesus gave thanks and gave the bread to the disciples to distribute to the people. He did the same thing with the fish. The disciples for sure were in amazement. Can you imagine giving out bread and more just comes out of nowhere? And in the end there was a surplus of 12 baskets left, from only 5 loaves! It is not a wonder that many from that particular miracle many believed that Christ was the one sent from God. There are just some things that cannot be done without God having a part in it.
I do thank God for the grace that is working for us in this present age. What took years to be accomplished is can be done in less than a month as long as you are connected to the one who supplies the grace. The grace for multiplication is certainly there. The only question is whether we have the right knowledge to make it work for us. More so, we have the grace to multiply and increase in our relationship with our heavenly father. One mistake I have been corrected from is in the area of my prayer life. Prayer should not only be about asking for things from God but about building a relationship with God. It is a direct line to our heavenly father that many tend to use only when it comes to asking. God desires to have your time, to spend hours with you just talking just as close friends would. How I long to get to the level that Moses was operating at – of speaking with God face to face! It is often that people received their multiplication out of their hard work but how much better is it if you just plug in to the grace and have an overflow in your life!