Remember how the disciples were originally worried that there was no way they could find enough food to feed the crowd of more than 5,000 seated around Jesus?
Some short time later, not only had everyone in attendance eaten “as much as they wanted” (John 6:11), but the apostles had to lug around giant baskets to gather the leftovers. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all specifically note that 12 basketfuls were collected. I believe they include this precise detail to let us know this was no doggy bag. There was A LOT of food left over, so much that the apostles couldn’t keep it all for their travels. I’m willing to bet they sent a good deal of it home with the crowd or gave it to needy people nearby.
Recall that the onlookers hadn’t expected food at all when they came to see Jesus. They just wanted to hear Him teach or be healed by Him. He did these things, but He also fed them a satisfying meal and sent them home with more.
God’s generosity is truly shocking.
Several months ago, I was working for a marketing agency here in Omaha. It was a good job, but I wasn’t passionate about the work, and I prayed for the opportunity to do more. Now, I work at the church I’ve attended my entire life, a place I genuinely love, surrounded by a supportive, caring team of awesome people. I honestly can’t believe how blessed I am sometimes.
I came to God with a small ask: “Please help me feel more fulfilled with my work.”
God not only answered that prayer, but blew my expectations out of the water. He blessed me in ways I hadn’t even conceived of and gave me things I would never have even thought to ask for.
Read Romans 8:32: “He who did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for us all – who will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
If God is generous enough to give up His own son for you, what do you think He’d withhold? Just imagine the blessings He has in store for you!
Whatever it is, you’re going to need more than 12 basketfuls to collect it all.