Day 23: Your Bread & Fish Mean More Than You Know

You know who never gets any credit in the telling of the feeding of the 5,000?

The boy who gave up his meal, that’s who.

Maybe it’s because John’s Gospel is the only one of the four that mentions him. Maybe it’s because we know nothing about this individual. We don’t know if he was rich or poor. We don’t know his age. We can’t even be sure he knew who Jesus was. He’s completely anonymous.

And yet, out of that massive crowd filled with people that Jesus had healed or blessed with His teaching, this boy was the only one to respond when Jesus decided He was going to feed the people.

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish,” Andrew, one of Jesus’ 12 apostles, says in John 6:9. “But how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus isn’t concerned with the second part of that statement. He takes care of the “how.”

What He cares about is the “who.”

This boy had little to offer, but from what we can tell, he didn’t hesitate to give it up. When I picture this scenario, I imagine the frazzled apostles moving quickly through the crowd, desperately asking all those gathered for food. This little guy raises his hand and, despite his meager possessions, Andrew shrugged and said, “At least it’s something.”

See, it doesn’t matter that the boy didn’t have much to offer. Jesus can do wonders with only a little if it’s attached to faith, and He used this boy’s surrender to feed thousands and teach His disciples a valuable lesson.

I fear so many Christians feel they can’t be used by God because they’re not good enough. They think they don’t have the skills He needs to make a difference. This story renders that belief completely false!

Jesus doesn’t care about how much you have. He doesn’t want your possessions or your skills. He wants your love and devotion. You give Him that, and He’ll do amazing things to change the world.

After everyone had eaten, a murmur began to move through the crowd: “Surely this is the Prophet who is come into the world.” (John 6:14) Those people wouldn’t have said that without the seemingly small gift from a boy. Through a few barley loaves and some tilapia, he helped win souls for Heaven.

Imagine what Jesus can do with your gifts.