Why Jesus Gives Thanks For You
Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. (John 6:5-10 NKJV)
You can sense frustration in both Philip and Andrew. Philip says, “The need is too great; don’t even try!” Andrew says, “The supply is too small; why even bother?” Jesus says, “It is enough. Get ready for a miracle.”
And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:11 NKJV)
Jesus gave thanks. I love this. They were few, they were small, and they were weak, yet He accepted them! And then, He gave thanks for them! Why? He knew what they would become in His hands, what He would make of them.
Child of God, do you realize what this means? If He gave thanks for five loaves and two fish, just imagine how much He gives thanks for you! If He could feed more than five thousand men with just five loaves and two fish, just imagine what He knows He can do with your life!
Others may look at you and think you are no better than a little boy’s lunch. Nothing good or great will come out of you. Too small, too weak, too little. Nothing to get excited about, to give thanks for.
But Jesus thinks differently. He gives thanks for you. Why? You are in His hands. And He knows what He is making of you. He knows what you are becoming. He knows the blessing you are destined to be to many.
Now, if Jesus is thankful for you, child of God, it’s time for you to be thankful yourself–for Him, for you, for the destiny He has planned for you. Stop saying, “I’m too small, I’m too weak,” and start boldly declaring, “I’m in Jesus’ hands and He is rejoicing over me. I have everything I need. I am more than enough in Him. My destiny is great. Thank you, Father.”
Truly, this is the day the Lord has made. Let’s rejoice and be glad in it!