Are you ready to fill the last of our three joy baskets? #1 was filled with faith. #2 was filled with service. Let’s set the stage for basket #3.
It wasn’t an ordinary day. But what was all the ruckus? Hundreds of people were hurrying through the streets, leaving the city and heading to where a crowd was gathering. Jesus was there. He had gone up a mountain from where He could teach the people. A young lad was eager to join the crowd. His mother had prepared 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish for him before he hurried to the mountain.
For hours Jesus taught the crowd. The lad and some 5000+ people sat and took in every word this wonderful teacher said. No one was leaving even to go get something to eat. Jesus finally asked his disciples, “How can we feed such a large number of people?” (He already knew the answer). Andrew had spotted the young lad with his lunch. You know the result. Jesus gave thanks, gave the food to his disciples who passed out the food. 5000+ were all fed with 12 baskets left over.
So, you’re saying, the baskets were filled with food. Yes, physically they were, but something far greater was in each one of them.
Consider Jesus: He was filled compassion not only for the spiritual, but also the physical needs of the people.
Consider the lad: He could have said, “No my mommy made this for me.” But can you imagine the love and joy he must have felt because of the Lord? His love for Jesus far exceeded any personal satisfaction he may have had.
Consider us: We, too, need the compassion of the Lord to reach out to those in need; whether for spiritual or physical needs.
We need to be like the little lad, filled with love for the Lord and willing to give all we have to Jesus to use us for his glory to bring others to himself.
So, our baskets? Let’s fill them with love this week and see what God will do with them.
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:18
God will multiply our fruit of love over and over again.
This finishes our baskets of joy. Remember this: There is no true joy apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our hope; and one day our joy will be complete when He takes us home to heaven to be with Him forever.