The CPA Lessons: Feeding the 5,000 Common Perception Assessment Lessons) shared by a Christian Professional Accountant Matthew 14: 13-21; Mark 6: 31-52; Luke 9: 10-17, John 6: 1-21
Mark 6: 50 Jesus said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Mark 6:52 “ They (disciples) had not understood the lessons about the loaves . . “
Expand Your Horizon Fresh Perpective Get Out in the Box Paradigm Shift
The CPA Lessons: Feeding the 5,000 Matthew 14: 13-21; Mark 6: 31-52; Luke 9: 10-17, John 6: 1-21 Lesson # 1: Income Statement Basis Lesson # 2: Balance Sheet Test Lesson # 3: Bottom Line Issue Concluding Lesson
Lesson # 1: Income Statement Basis Do not measure a problem according to your own abilities. Jesus asked Philip, “ Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” John 6:5 Philip answered Jesus, “ Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Before the incident they witnessed these miracles:
Jesus allows us to be in a impossible circumstance, a negative situation we do not have any control over. Why does God allow this to happen? It provides a perfect test.
Why does He test us? It impacts our hearts. It changes us. When God tests us it is not to grade us but to make us grow. We become a better person after the test.. The chief goal of the test is to bless, enrich and develop us. God puts us in impossible situations to stretch our undeveloped faith. God puts us in impossible situations to strengthen our eternal hope. God puts us in impossible situations to show His incredible love. Man’s Impossibilities – God’s Opportunities
Lesson #2: Balance Sheet Test Little in the hands of Jesus becomes much.
A Balance Sheet summarizes your financial condition at a given period. At that point Andrew struggles with this thing of faith and so does Philip. They both struggled. Two perspectives to the problem, both wrong approach. Philip says, “ It’s impossible. It’ll take too much.” He was looking at the problem . Andrew says, “ It’s impossible. We have too little. We can’t meet the need.. He was looking at themselves. They look at their Balance Sheet! They were relying on themselves.
God’s Way in Teaching us not to Rely on Ourselves. Step One: God Reduces Our Resources Second Step: He Maximizes the Need. Third Step: He Requires our Trust. Fourth Step: He Uses Our Participation.
Andrew said, Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish Jesus said, “ Bring it to me.”
Jesus used a boy’s lunch to feed thousands of people. Sound Impossible? It is impossible without God’s power. What do you have now that God can use? We need to learn to transfer it from our hands into His hand Jesus Christ invites us “ Bring it to Me.”
Touch of the Master’s Hand This is the reason He takes our gifts of love, our tithes, our offerings, our ministries, our worship, ourselves. He can touch it, transform it and make it enough. He transforms it and makes it a miracle!
Lesson # 3: Bottom Line Issue Every encounter with a problem can bring an increase!
In business, after all what was said and done, the main issue is the bottom line = the Net Income, the result. What was the bottom line in this miracle? Everybody was served with a dinner. Today, as it was in the feeding of the 5,000 the real bottom line is: “ Every encounter with a problem can bring an increase .”
Bonus attached to the Bottom Line: Jesus said, “ Gather the leftovers.” There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets more filled with bread were leftovers. That’s the increase. Our God "is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." Ephesians 3:20. Christ did not give everyone a little; He ensued there was bounty.
Sometimes God gives the increase through deeper relationships. Sometimes God gives the increase through an increased faith. Sometimes God gives the increase by a new perspective on life. Sometimes God gives the increase by a new peace of heart. How does the increase come? The increase comes when Jesus gets involved. That’s when it comes.
Concluding Lesson: In every miracle of Jesus there are two things we must learn:. <ul><li>How Jesus works 2. Who Jesus is. </li></ul>And every miracle that He ever worked is an example of who He is! Jesus said, . “ I am the bread of life.” And then He fed 5000 people. Jesus said, “ I’m the light of the world.” And He made a blind man see. Jesus said, . ” I’m the resurrection and the life.” And He raised Lazarus from the dead
Lesson # 1: Income Statement Basis Do not measure a problem according to your own abilities. Lesson # 2: Balance Sheet Test Little in the hands of Jesus becomes much. Lesson # 3: The Bottom Line Issue Every encounter with a problem can bring an increase! Concluding Lesson: It begins and ends with who Jesus is. Don't Forget the Lessons!
My Tutor/Enabler: The Holy Spirit <ul><li>Written References: </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Bible </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Lessons of the Loaves” by Pastor Tom Holladay – Saddleback Community Church </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Lessons of the Loaves” Rev. Arville F. Hurst, Falling Water Church of God </li></ul><ul><li>“ Get Out of the Box” by Pastor John Slythe, www.sermoncentral.com </li></ul><ul><li>“ Three Lessons from the Loaves” – Harvester Church of Nazarene </li></ul><ul><li>“ Don’t Miss the Point” by Pastor J. David Hoke </li></ul>