After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. (John 6:1-15, NRSV)
Here in John, we see it is a young boy who is sharing his lunch, 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. Enough for him to have a meal. He shares it with Jesus who gives thanks for the gift and then distributes the food to 5,000 people in all. Now does that 5,000 include just the men, or the men and the women and the children? Any way you look at it though, 5 little barley loaves and 2 fish are nothing when feeding that many!
But Jesus took the gift, without complaint that it wasn’t enough and lifted and thanked God for what was provided. Then He used the gift for what it was intended, to feed.
How many times do we complain about the gifts we have been given and don’t use them for what they were given for?
God works through us using the gifts He has given us to use for the world.
Recognize your gift as this boy did and use it for the betterment of the world around you!