Anything Can Happen, Amazing Things Will Happen

What if a believer decides to give the first fruits to provide for ministers? The first fruits was, like the tithe, required for Israelites to present as an offering. The man from Baal-shalishah brought his to Elisha.

Now what did Elisha do?

He turned to his disciple and said, “go hand it out so the folks can eat.”

The man of God turned to his disciple, and had him do something with the offering. The disciple turned around and used the offering as instructed by the man of God, and what happened?

A miracle.

There was more than enough to share – there were leftovers.

v.44 – “and they ate and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.”

When God’s ministers are equipped by the saints to do so, and proceed according to the word of the Lord, watch out! Because anything can happen, and amazing things will happen.

Skip over about 800 years to Jesus, the man of God, who’s just been handed an offering by a small child.

What does Jesus do?

He turns to his disciples and says, “you go feed the people.”

The man of God turned to his disciples, and had them do something with the offering. The disciples used the offering as instructed by the man of God and what happened?

A miracle.

There was more than enough to share – there was leftovers. What does v12 say? Jesus tells his disciples,

“gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”

When God’s ministers are equipped by the saints to do so, and proceed according to the word of the Lord, watch out! Because anything can happen, and amazing things will happen.

God owns it all. Not just the first fruits from the farmer’s field. He owns the tractors, and the livestock. He owns the deed to your ranch, he owns the installment loan on your new equipment. He owns your rental property. He owns your truck. He owns your paycheck.

But God owns more than just material wealth. He owns the world, and all its resources.

And because of that, he can, and he does, channel it as he sees fit.

And if he chooses to use twenty loaves of barley and corn on the cob to feed Elisha’s people, who’s going to stop him?

If he takes five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people, who’s going to stop him?

So long as God has willing disciples, who will take what he gives and distribute it according to his Word, there are no boundaries, there are no limits.

This is, indeed, the miraculous thing: that God, the owner and operator of all space and time sees fit to do his business through workers such as the man from Baal-shalishah, and Andrew’s little boy, and the rest of Jesus disciples, from the first twelve on down the centuries to you and me.