by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In the familiar story told in all four Gospels of the five loaves and two fish, Jesus used multiplication. Not just any multiplication. Miracle multiplication.
From that small offering of a boy’s lunch about five thousand men, not counting the women and children who accompanied them, were fed. After everyone ate all they wanted, twelve basketfuls of bread and fish remained.
When the boy with the loaves and fish willingly handed his lunch to Jesus, he had no way of knowing the multiplication miracle about to unfold.
He may have felt what he had to offer was insignificant and hardly enough to do any good. Yet, he offered it anyway.
Sometimes we may feel as if we have nothing of importance to offer. Or if we do have something, surely it is not grand enough to be used by God. We might feel our offering is as small as five crackers and two sardines.
Whenever we limit ourselves and what we have to give, we forget who Jesus is and the miraculous way he uses multiplication.
We can choose to offer what we have back to him, or not.
We can surrender our life to be used for his purpose, or not.
We can offer everything we are and everything we hope to be to him, no matter how small or insignificant we believe that to be, or not
The One who fills us with his love can take the little we have and multiply it beyond our greatest imaginations.
Are we willing to give our little?
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When Jesus saw the large crowd coming toward him, he asked Philip, “Where will we get enough food to feed all these people?” He said this to test Philip, since he already knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered, “Don’t you know that it would take almost a year’s wages just to buy only a little bread for each of these people?” John 6:5-7 (CEV)
I wish you well.
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I love this post Sandy. The comparison of the boy’s lunch to what we are willing to surrender really touched me. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Alyce. I’m glad God used the words to speak to you.