“For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.”
The miracles of Jesus were certainly accomplished because of the faith and power of God, but what is often missed in the miracles are the principles He teaches concerning growth. The feeding of the five thousand would have never happened without four necessary elements that are important to every person who desires for their ministry, organization and life to grow. Let me share these multiplying principles that can be found in the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand.
First, it takes organization. Jesus organized the five thousand and the disciples’ responsibilities before He fed the five thousand. Desire, vision, zeal and effort will all be wasted without organization. Trying to do a great work without organization is like trying to water your lawn or plants with a tangled hose. Have you ever grabbed the hose in your backyard to water something and couldn’t get the water out because the tangled hose had a kink that restricted the water from coming out? So it is with trying to do the work of God without organization. The work of God is often restricted due to the lack of organization. God’s work can be accomplished much better through organization and structure than through disorganization. The better organized the work of the LORD is, the better prepared you are for God’s miracles to happen.
Second, it takes delegation for God to multiply His work. Jesus could have passed out the food Himself, and He could have organized the crowd in groups of fifty, but He chose to let the disciples do the work so they could be better leaders. Jesus’ delegation paid off on the day of Pentecost when the disciples were organized and delegated responsibilities to others in the church. Delegation is important to the work of the LORD and the growth of the believer. Delegation allows people to grow and more work to be done. Believers will grow when you delegate responsibilities to them. Likewise, more work can be done when you allow others to do something. You can’t do everything in the work of the LORD, and the less you delegate, the less work that can be done. In the long run, more work will be accomplished, and more people will mature in the Christian walk by delegating responsibilities. You will either delegate or stagnate dependent upon your ability to delegate.
Third, dividing into workable groups. Jesus taught that you multiply the work by dividing it. He divided the groups into fifties which teaches the importance of diving people into smaller groups so that they are manageable to those who lead them. The more you divide what you have, the more you will grow. If you don’t learn to divide people into smaller groups, you will never see the LORD’s multiplying power.
Fourth, it always takes God’s blessing to see His work multiply. Even Jesus prayed for God to bless the work. You can have all the leadership and organizational skills needed, but without God’s power these skills will go to naught. God’s work takes God’s power and it cannot be done in the wisdom and power of man. The most important thing you can do to see God bless your work is to get His power upon it.
The result of all of this is that God fed the thousands with the little He had, and there were fragments remaining to feed more. God can take the little you have and make much out of it if you learn to apply these four multiplying principles.