Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

 

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+ Heavenly Arithmetic +

 

There is a legend about the boy who gave up his five barley loaves and two small fishes so that Christ could feed the hungry multitude. In this legend, it tells about how this young boy hurried home, after all the fragments had been gathered, and told his mother all about what he had witnessedthe wonderful man and the wonderful miracle.

 

With his eyes still big with excitement, he told his mom how the food she had packed for him (the five little barley cakes and the two dried fishes) had been multiplied in the Savior’s hand until there was enough to feed five thousand men plus the women and children all famished with hunger.

 

And then with a puzzled and wistful look, he turned toward his mom and added, “I wonder mom, whether it would be that way with everything you gave him!”

It’s only a legend, of course. Yet the question is a great question and it deserves an answer. To find it we need do nothing more than to see how Jesus spoke and acted in the Scriptures. What would He dothis Jesus revealed to us by the Holy Spirit enlightens our hearts and minds? And the answer (the Jesus we know) is a frank and forthright, “Yes, my child, in a sense it is that way with everything we give the Savior. He has this way through faith of multiplying everything we hand Him and giving it back to us a hundredfold.”

 

The all-knowing and all-powerful Son of God who stepped out of that boat and was grieved in His spirit over the spiritual and physical lacking of these people shows us on the hills of Galilee that He is still the great Multiplier. Many a humble believer can share his/her own story as to the unsearchable arithmetic whereby Christ has accepted a gift from one of His own and then returned itwith added blessings beyond all expectations.

 

Many a humble mom who has been faithful in her stewardship, dedicating, as it were, her few loaves and fishes to the Savior and His service, has suddenly become aware of His omnipotent, multiplying hand. “How did we ever get so much with so little?”

 

The apostle Paul assured the early Christians: “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” His God, the God who had revealed Himself through Jesus Christ, the Savior, “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”

There is a sort of heavenly arithmetic whereby the humble gifts of God’s children—the cup of water to the thirsty, the piece of bread to the hungry, the deed of loving service in His kingdomcome back with unexpected blessings. Yes, not always in the form of demonstrable, material blessings, to be sure, but in ways and times that are determined by Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

 

And so to the curious and wistful boy from the Galilean hills, we say: “Yes, my boy, in a real sense it is that way with everything we give the Savior. He does indeed, have a way of multiplying everything we in faith hand to Him and gives it back to us a hundredfold.”

 

Rejoicing in His love,

Pastor Nowak 

 

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