Episode #190 Little Is Much
But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said to Him, “shall we go and spend two hundred denari on bread and give them something to eat?” and He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they said, “five loaves and two fish.” And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass. They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces and also of the fish. There were five thousand men who ate the loaves. (Mark 6: 37-44)
Have you ever felt like you didn’t have what you needed to do what God has asked you to do? Have you ever felt inadequate for the task at hand and wondered just how you were supposed to pull of what feels like a miracle? This is where the disciples are in this moment. A large crowd has gathered once again and it’s getting late in the evening. Perhaps the disciples had empathy for the crowd in recognizing that they had to be hungry and needed to be sent away to get food. Or, maybe this was their way of getting Jesus to dismiss the crowd so that the disciples themselves could get some rest.
Jesus turned the tables when he told the disciples, “You give them something to eat!” It was at this point that the disciples brought up their inadequacies to Jesus. They were given an assignment by Jesus that they could not accomplish with what they had available. A meal was about to be provided but a lesson was about to be served. Jesus tells them to go take an inventory of what provisions they had. When they return with a measly five loaves and two fish, Jesus takes it and has them start getting the people to sit in groups on the grass.
What happens next is a miracle. What Jesus does with the small provisions is beyond comprehension. These provisions wouldn’t have been adequate to feed the disciples, much less the crowd of thousands that were gathered here. Jesus took the food, blessed it, broke it up, and kept giving more and more to the disciples to set before the people. He divided up the food and they all ate and were satisfied. When it was all said and done, they picked up twelve baskets full of broken pieces of bread and fish. Five thousand men were fed that day not including the women and children.
Jesus took what the disciples felt was inadequate and used it to feed 5,000 + people. Not only that but the leftovers from the miracle were abundantly more than what they started with. This is what happens when we take what we feel is inadequate and lay it at the feet of Jesus to let Him do what only He can do. When we are given an assignment by Jesus that we feel is too big for our abilities, let’s take inventory of what we have and lay it at His feet. Let Him be the one to bless it, break it up, give it out, and keep dividing it until the task is not only accomplished. The leftovers from the blessings of Jesus are greater than what we give Him to begin with.
Let us be a people who no longer take a step back from a God given assignment that is too big for us. Instead, let us bring the little we do have to Jesus and watch what he does with it. Our little is much when it is in the hands of Jesus.
Love Y’all! Be Blessed!