wednesday 30th may

what do you have in your hands?

“How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”

When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

mark 6: 38-44

 thought for the day

Patrick was an alcoholic, he would spend the money from his fishing in his local bar in Uganda. As a nominal Catholic he would attend church every now and then, but one time he went along to church and did a Bible study on the feeding of the five thousand, and realised that he could use what he already had. He realised he was sitting on a goldmine with the amount of land he owned and began planting citrus trees, he is now chair of the district farmers association.* This is part of the asset-based community development that Tearfund is doing in Africa, Asia and South America but it ties specifically into that verse of Jesus feeding the 5,000. So when we look at this story and this passage, what do we have in our hands that we can give to God?

You may be a poor student with little time at the moment due to revision but you still have loaves and fish that you can give to God to multiply. It could be buying your friend a cookie from the IC, or helping to go over an area of your course that others find hard and God will take those actions and multiply them.

This exam period where time may be short and wallets empty, know that everything you keep is all you have and everything you give away multiplies. What can you give away today that you’ve already got in your hands?

*This is a story from Tearfund’s Little Book of Growth, to find more about this story and others like it click here

Study Space is running from 22nd May to the 7th June every Tuesday – Thursday from 9 till 5. It’s a space to revise and study for the exams with free tea, coffee and biscuits and the chance to pray with the staff team at 9am and 3pm.

Come along to STC Sheffield for Study Space this Exam Period.

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