Our God is a God of multiplication. Wouldn’t it be great if God would multiply our resources?
Luke 9:12 – When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.” (Verse 13) But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” (Verse 14) For there were about five thousand men. and He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”
Many people believe that Jesus only fed five thousand people, but that is not the case. In Jewish culture, at that time, the way they counted crowds, was they only counted men. This is because they were counting families. So, assuming there was a spouse and just two children – four times five thousand – that’s twenty thousand people, with only two children each. Look at what it says in Matthew 14:21 – Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
This miracle is much greater than most have ever thought. This was five thousand families! Back to Luke 9:15 – And they did so, and made them all sit down. (Verse 16) Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. (Verse 17) So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.
Do you ever imagine how you would have responded had you been there that day? Just imagine that you were one of the disciples. Keep in mind, the disciples had already seen many miracles by Jesus.
This multitude had been there all day and is now starting evening. Notice that the disciples didn’t tell Jesus that they were hungry and tired. They told Jesus that the people needed to be let go so they could go get provisions. Jesus is still speaking when the disciples went to Him.
The disciples wanted Jesus to “Rap it up!” But Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Jesus turned it around and put it on the disciples. I’m sure this is not what they had in mind. Would we not panic all of a sudden if that was one of us? What? How?
But what they did was show Jesus what little they had. The crowd was too big to feed with this little bit of food. To them, it made more sense to just let the people be dismissed, because there was no way the multitude of people could be fed with what they had.
Think about tithing. Does it make sense to you? Doing it God’s way doesn’t make logical sense. But it works. Do you ever argue with God about what little you have when you know the Lord wants you to give? We tell Him, “But Lord, this is all I have!”
Jesus told His disciples to have the multitude sit down in groups of fifty. Many Christians believe that when Jesus prayed, the food just multiplied. But that’s not what happened. (Verse 16) He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.
The miracle took place in the disciples hands, right before their eyes. Once the disciples gave what they had to Jesus, and Jesus blessed it then gave it to the disciples, it began to multiply.
Two principles: It has to be blessed before it can multiply. The way our finances are blessed is, we bring the first 10% to the house of God. Principle two: It has to be given away before it can multiply. The first principle is the tithe, and once Jesus has blessed it, now we will be able to give away over and above.
Think of it this way: What if the disciples had just given what they had away, before Jesus blessed it? It wouldn’t have been enough. And, what if the disciples had just eaten what they had, themselves? It never would have multiplied.
There are a lot of people that will tithe, bu they don’t ever give anything above the tithe. It has the potential to multiply, but it never does because they keep it unto themselves.
Our finances, as good stewards, has to be in order. God cannot bless things out-of-order. So, how do we do that?
Number one is to get out of debt. This means different things to different people. Different convictions for different people. We know when we spend on things that we shouldn’t and the Lord will guide you in what needs to be cleaned up.
The second thing is to not “manipulate”: Manipulation comes from a root word that means witchcraft. Don’t manipulate for money, drop hints and expect others and God to always give us what we want. This could be “Poor-mouthing” all the time to others. This is manipulating others so they will feel sorry for us.
This is not going to be a blessing to this type of person, because God wants them to be depending on Him for their needs. Blessings come from the Lord, and yes, He uses others to bless, but don’t manipulate them into doing it. He chooses the people to use.
Another thing we do to get our finances to multiply is to be a giver. That 10% we give to the tithe, belongs to the Lord anyway, so we are just returning it to Him. The Bible says if we don’t return it, we are stealing it.
When we give, it’s over and above the tithe. The Lord will tell us when to give, whom to give it to and how much. How will we know? Because “My sheep hear My voice.”
If we will start listening and learn to let go of what God has blessed us with, He will multiply it in our hands, in order to bless others. It all belongs to God and we can’t out give God.