Mark 6:30-44(NRSV)

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35 When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii  worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And all ate and were filled; 43 and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

Ephesians 3:20-21(NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

DEVOTION – Julie Sim (Singapore)

Twenty years ago, I went on my first short-term mission trip.  I was a very young Christian then.  Each of us on the team was asked to share a message at the end of the day to encourage one another.  When it was my turn, I felt ill-equipped and lacking.  I asked the Holy Spirit to guide me to a passage I could share.  God led me to the simple passage where Jesus fed the multitudes.  All he needed was five loaves and two fish and that was enough to satisfy the crowd of 5,000.

That miracle spoke to me directly.  We have nothing much to offer.  We come as we are , sometimes discouraged, and sometimes having little faith.  But as long as we are willing to give all that we have, God will do the rest.  As long as we are willing to surrender them completely, God will multiply what faith and talents we have to equip us with more than we need to bless those around us.  Twenty years later, I’m still holding on to that truth.  What a mighty and wonderful God we serve!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s grace is sufficient for us (See 2 Cor. 12:9.)

PRAYER: Dear Abba Father, increase our faith and bless the works of our hands so that we can be your light and salt in this world.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.