This passage says that Jesus took the bread in His hands. This is where the miracles begin. To get to the place where we are scratching our heads in wonder and amazement, we have to let go of what we are holing onto.Jesus did something great for all that were there because of what was placed in his hands.
Never underestimate what Jesus can do with whatever He has been freely given!
Other passages tell us that there was a little boy who had these fish and bread. He could have held onto it but he freely choose to let it go and let the Lord use it. How often am I tempted to hold onto what I have? I can easily find myself operating out of a scarcity mentality and discover that my faith is not as strong as I thought. Whether it’s with money, or things or even the homeless fries at the bottom of the BK bag, I can seek to grab more and keep more for myself rather than share. Not this little boy! He let it all go in complete trust and expectation of something great.
Let Go and Let God!
To be sure he knew what he gave the Lord…it wasn’t that much, especially for so many. Phillip even chimes in to this same sound confirming that a few fish and some bread would barley make it past the first couple mouths. But it wasn’t about how much the boy gave; it was about who he gave it to!
Jesus was not concerned about how much it was but that He had something to work with!
Don’t miss what I’m saying. I believe Jesus could have commanded rocks to become bread and called for quail to come and visit them to be dinner. Surely Jesus could have done that. However, Jesus was pleased to have these items in his hands from a generous little boy seeking to give all he had to the cause! Too often we can become caught up in the quantity or even quality of the offering. We can begin to measure things and try to “out-do” the next guy with something bigger or better. We can even go the opposite route and not give anything because we figure it would never measure up at all. Hogwash! Christ cares more about our heart in giving than in the amount we give. He is able to take whatever we give and expand it, multiply it, and use it beyond our comprehension! I can assure you that this little boy had no idea what Jesus was gonna do with his small sacrificial offering!
Anything in Jesus’ hands is a sure bet!
I’m sure there were people in that crowd that had no idea what was going on. There were probably more than a few who had an interest into what Jesus was gonna do about this crisis because they were starving! And then there were a few who were expecting Jesus to be a colossal failure. A couple of fish and bread? I can hear the crowd up front murmuring. I can hear the doubt in the disciple’s voices. I can see the bug-eyed boy as Jesus takes the bread and breaks it and starts to pass it out. And he breaks it again…and again…and again…and again. And it doesn’t stop until they are all completely full. They couldn’t eat one more morsel! Who would have thunk it? How could this be possible? NO WAY! But it happened and there were thousands who would have testified that day that those fish and that bread was the best they’d ever tasted!
How did He do that? By blessing a small offering from a little boy. By breaking what was taken and making it available to all. Jesus can and will do amazing things with whatever He is given. It doesn’t matter from whom it comes or how much it is; He can and will use it to be a blessing to others.George Lockhart is a missionary with Vision 2 Hear and serves as the Youth Pastor at New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA