Sharing Bread and Conversation
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.
— John 6:11
The aroma of fresh baked bread fills a home and invites people to sit and savor a slice. Often one slice leads to another, especially with the addition of butter, cheese or jam. Even a simple sandwich can be comfort food in stressful time. Sharing a loaf of bread often invites conversation and friendship.
Imagine how people must have talked on that hillside as Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fishes and fed 5000 men, plus women and children. Jesus made instant fresh bread as He broke and distributed it with the disciples. It kept multiplying and growing, and, oh, the chatter that must have ignited. “Did you see that?” one would say. “Is there even more?” another might ask. Over and over the food grew until what started as a small lunch fed the multitude.
Here we are two thousand years ago, still thinking about that meal. What a lasting impression it made. These people witnessed Christ’s miracles, and it changed their lives.
Sharing a meal is still an opportunity for God to be at work in our lives too. When we hear how He’s changed a friend’s life, our faith grows. When we listen for the truth and find forgiveness for those who have hurt us, we become more like Christ. When we bow our heads and thank Him for the meal before us, we grow closer to Him.
Conversations are opportunities to share personal testimonies, answers to prayer and reflections about Jesus that build and encourage each of us.
Today’s One Thing
Invite a friend to join you for a meal and start a conversation about how Jesus is working in your life.