Same Bread—Different Vision

May 15, 2023

Did you know that you have all the resources you need to change your destiny on the inside of you? In Matthew 14:15-20, we see the account of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (plus women and children). The disciples told Jesus to send them away to get food, but Jesus said, “They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” When the disciples replied that they only had five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus said:

Bring them hither to me…and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full

Matt. 14:18-20

There was a need. Jesus saw the need, and delegated the need to His disciples. His disciples said, “We don’t have enough to meet this need.” Then Jesus said, “Show me what you have.” 

Jesus was looking at the need through God’s eyes, while the disciples were looking at the same need through their own eyes. They were both looking at the same resources. The disciples saw lunch for two—Jesus saw lunch for thousands. It was the same bread, different vision.

Jesus took the same apparent lack, fed thousands of people, and had 12 baskets full left over! The resources didn’t change, but the vision was different. Jesus saw God, who is invisible, and all the disciples could see was lack. Our God, who is invisible, has provided exceeding abundantly more than we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us. That’s where the power lies—in us. But it all depends on your vision!

Barry Bennett

Barry Bennett

Charis Instructor


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