When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. John 6:5-7
How would you have answered this question? Unbeknown to Philip at the time, Jesus asked him a subtle question. I don't think it was so much to test his faith, as we might think of faith, but to see whether Philip thought outside the square—outside of his natural realm. Too often we don't stop to see what Jesus can do if we thought a little differently, as a believer. We get so bogged down living the natural life, we can't seem to think BIG in the supernatural, a realm Jesus would always like our minds to consider. Although we are new creatures in Christ, we end up praying small prayers and expecting small answers. How can we ever 'turn the tide' if we don't think BIG? Fancy being faced with the immense problem of feeding that hungry multitude. The last thing to come to Philip's mind would have been a miracle. Jesus asked him a terrific question, one that gets asked to us, "Will you remain anxious about how you're going to get the job done or rely on Jesus to assist?" We don't see a lot of mass-feeding miracles these days. So, when it comes down to it, we've lost more faith than we think. We've become too scared to pray BIG. With science, godless educational institutions, and anti-christian sentiment in our media, we've been beaten into submission, as the Israelites were in Egypt. We've lost our BIG faith. Praying BIG prayers with expectation has almost vanished. Just where Satan wants it. Everyone fed by that meal would have said "Where did this come from?" Just as the Shunnumite woman did with her oil when Elisha spoke his blessing over her (2 Kings 4:1-7). BIG answers have been with us since the beginning of time. We sing the songs of our God being AWESOME but deep-down believe He delivers only awesome results to us. When was the last time you thought in the spiritual realm for your answer? I mean, really thought, prayed and expected? Initially, Philip thought small. He believed in Jesus and followed Him, and was the one who brought Nathanael to Him (John 1:46). But his faith was young and growing. He had faithless times even after Jesus' question, asking Jesus to show God to the disciples, to help with his faith. (John 14:8). But where did his faith eventually take him? When Philip's faith changed to BIG faith, he was found performing miracles himself (Acts 8:6), and being transported by faith to wherever God wanted him. (Acts 8:39-40). Like Philip's, our faith must change to see beyond the physical. It takes courage and conviction. But it is the place where Christ demands our faith and thoughts to dwell. Today's prayer: Dear Lord, my faith has been like Philip's. Too many times I have responded in the natural when I should have thought bigger, deeper and more spiritually. Please help me grow into a follower having BIG faith.
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