No, I am not talking about the 1,000 fewer people. That is obvious!
Here is the what I noticed, in this account the bread and fish belonged to them! In the feeding of the 5,000 they had borrowed lunch from a lad. This time it was THEIR lunch they donated.
You have to believe their willingness to give up their own lunch must have been made easier with the memory of the previous mass feeding! The disciples had a little more invested in this miracle but still, their offering was not exactly a great sacrifice.
This miracle is an example that big things can happen when a few people are willing to give a little. Their donation hurt a little but it also helped a lot!
When were reminded of that this year at FredWes!
Last Summer when God put it upon our heart to take the challenge of raising money to finance the drilling of a well in a remote African village, the good folks of the FredWes family promised to donate money toward the $8,500 goal. Whatever donations they pledged were to be above their regular tithes. They were not to sacrifice local giving obligations to meet this overseas outreach goal. So, the commitment to "FLOW H2O" would represent at least a little more than they normally give.
Sure enough, as the year went by and we did a little more, we saw God do a lot! We learned the lesson of the 4,000 - when we all do a little more God can do a lot more!
Have you learned the lesson of the 4,000?