TWELVE BASKETS FULL
Matt. 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
Recently I read a sermon by Charles Spurgeon about Feeding the multitudes. The things he said in the 1800’s are just as relevant in our modern world. Check out his teaching on this miracle.
“The Lord will allow no service to remain unrecompensed; and work done for the poor and needy shall win its wage, not of debt, but of grace. Satan said, “Doth Job serve God for nought?” Suppose he had said so: the devil would have gone his way and said that God was a hard master, whose service brought no reward with it. Either way, satan would have made mischief, as we have no wish to please him, we admit we do not serve God for nought, but in keeping his commandments there is great reward. When the multitudes have done feasting, your master will let you sit down to meat, and you shall have abundant joy with him.
The chief point of all this is to get at the blessed work. In the name of the ever living God, let us feed each man that is nearest him till the whole company shall be fed; for the Christ is behind us, the Son of God is working with us; and the bread is not our bread but his bread; and the feeding of the multitude is not our work, but his; and the power is not ours, but all his own, and to his name be all the glory.”
Here is a breakdown of the lessons Spurgeon taught us about the effect of ministry to the hurting.
1.CHRIST IS BEHIND US — Kingdom Authority
The work of ministry to the hurting is not about building man’s kingdom but the kingdom of God.
2. MINISTRY TO THE HURTING OR POOR IS REDEMPTIVE
For a Christian, all benevolent work is redemptive. In other words, the ultimate goal is to bring souls to Christ.
3. THE SON OF GOD IS WORKING WITH US/SOVEREIGNTY
The Lord Himself is orchestrating everything for the advance of His kingdom. When we are doing His work we have His sovereign influence working on our behalf.
4. THE BREAD IS NOT OURS BUT HIS
This is the great lesson of stewardship. Everything, absolutely everything, belongs to Him. His claim to ownership comes from the fact that He is Creator of all things. Everything was created by Him for His pleasure.
5. THE WORK IS NOT OUR WORK BUT HIS
This takes the pressure off of us. After we have done all we can do the results and accomplishments of our work is in His hands.
6. THE POWER IS NOT OUR BUT HIS
We have supernatural power working in us and through us. This is the very essence of the Christian life.
7. ALL FOR HIS GLORY
The ministry to the poor, the work of our hands, the harvest of souls, all is for the Glory of God. At the end of the day, ministry is in the hands of the Lord. Our part is yielding, everything else is up to Him. As we yield our time, talent, resources, and strength to Him; He works through us in amazing ways. He gets the Glory, we get the joy, and oh yeah, we also get the twelve baskets full.