There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” (John 6:9).
John Chapter six is one of four records in the gospels recording the miracle of the multiplication of five loaves of bread and two fishes to feed 5,000 people —-excluding women and children, who if included, will make the numbers more than 5,000. In fact, the 5,000 reported, is an estimate by John: “So the men sat down, about five thousand in number” (John 6:10).
Now, this miracle is of great spiritual significance in that it points us to Christ as the bread of life. But apart from that, I believe we need to pay some attention to the little boy whose food was used to feed the multitude. Did he give away his loaves and fish willingly or reluctantly? Was there a negotiation by the disciples or he was coerced ( which I doubt) into letting go, after all, he is just a boy? Or still, did Jesus have to put in some words to add his voice to the disciples’ negotiations?
We can only speculate how the food got into Jesus’ hands. But one thing is certain, and that is, the boy gave away his food. Whether willingly or reluctantly, we know he gave away his food which saved the day. He gave the little he had and God–Jesus–worked with it. In God’s scheme of things, the little we have is always great when turned over to Him willingly.
What do you have in your hands, God asked Moses. Today, that question comes to you: “What do you have in your hands?” What gift, what resources, what skill, what knowledge etc do you have? Make it available for the use of God’s Kingdom and watch God bless lives out of that little in your hands.
Pray that you will have a willing heart to contribute your resources, skills and time to the furthering of God’s kingdom
Exodus 35, 36:1-6, Mark 12:41- 44, 2Corinthians 9:6-15, Ephesians 3:20-21