The Boy with the Loaves and Fish

The Boy with the Loaves
John 6:5-13  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?” 10 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. 11 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. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.   NKJV

Take another look at verse nine.  “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

The scriptures tell us that Andrew brought the boy to Jesus. I would like to think that Andrew, a disciple, would not just hijack a young boy’s lunch.  Think about it.  If that’s true, this youngster innocently offered the little he had without a full understanding of the big picture or the enormity of the need.  He had no idea that there were more than five thousand people that needed to eat.  The young boy had no idea that what was needed was a miracle.

What a contrast.  The boy just simply brought what he had, whereas Andrew comments, “…what are they among so little.”  It’s no wonder Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  How often we men neglect to trust God for the difficult, because we can’t figure out how that difficult thing might be accomplished.  We need to cultivate the heart of a child that says, “Here’s what I got,” trusting God to show what He’s got.  And His resources are unlimited.

Trust God with whatever you have, just like a child.  Lots of men seem to have an “all-or-none” mentality.  If they can’t give (or do) the best and the most, then they don’t give (or do) anything.  “Why should I help; I don’t have all the skills.  Why should I give; my few dollars won’t make a difference.  Why should I do anything; I’m just one person.”  You may be feeling like a child, but you’re not trusting LIKE a child.

Remember, the little you have has infinite potential!  You can keep it your own hands, or you can put it into God’s.  The results depend on whose hands you put it into.  All I know is that a young, nameless boy was the instigator of an incredible miracle.  And you can instigate one, too.

Gene Pietrini

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