When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Written by: Jimmy Leaf
Has God ever asked you to give more than what you felt comfortable with? It could be more time, more money, more compassion, or more forgiveness. God is constantly challenging me in this area and since He asks me to love Him with all my heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37), He will probably always be stretching me to give more than I feel like giving.
Throughout my years of following Jesus, I’ve found that whenever I step out of my comfort zone and trust Him with any area of my life, He proves Himself trustworthy and honors my obedience.
When Jesus fed 5,000-plus people, He started with five loaves of bread and two fish from a little boy’s lunch. I can’t help but think about what was going through the boy’s mind when he handed over his lunch to Jesus. He was probably feeling hungry. He may have been worried about whether there would be anything left for himself. I also wonder if the disciples felt silly bringing so little to Jesus to feed so many.
But Jesus took that small act of obedience and blessed it. He took a small offering (which was everything to one little boy) and multiplied it to provide for everyone. And not only did He provide, but the passage says the people were “satisfied.”
Jesus could have found any way to feed all of those people. But by using the fish and the bread, Jesus gave the disciples and the boy the opportunity to be a part of what He was doing. I want to be a part of what He’s doing today!
By taking steps of obedience like giving and serving, I get to be a part of Jesus’ story today.
Thought of the day: Jesus is able to take what we give Him and do more than we could ever imagine. What blessing is He inviting you to take part? In what areas is God asking you to step out of your comfort zone and trust Him?
Prayer: God, thank You for being trustworthy to meet my needs. Please show me how You want to use me to be a part of what You are doing today. Give me courage to be obedient to Your promptings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.