Key Verse: “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9
It can be easy to compare other to ourselves. Often we feel like we have as much to give as others. Maybe you’ve said, “I wish I could sing so that I could help lead worship” or “I am so scared of speaking in public, God could never use me like He does the pastor.” Or even, “I don’t have food to feed myself, I wish I had more to help others.”
We don’t know much about the boy mentions in John 6. We don’t know his name or anything about his family. We don’t know if he was there alone or with family or friends. We don’t know how old he was. But, what we do know is that he was in the right place at the right time by God’s providence and that he was willing to give all that he had to Jesus.
I can imagine that he had begged his parent to go and listen to Jesus. The whole country was telling stories of Jesus and his miracles, and I imagine this little boy wanted to meet Jesus for himself, even if it was at a distance. Somewhat like, people gather when the Queen, President or Pope visit a town today.
His mother packed him a lunch with instructions not to be home too late and to stay out of trouble and off he went. The family was probably quite poor. When he arrived, there was a huge crowd, 5,000 men, plus women and children. Being small, he probably pushed himself to the front to see a miracle for himself. As he listened to Jesus teach the hours felt like minutes, he hadn’t even realized he had forgotten to eat his lunch, and then he overhears Jesus speaking to his disciples about food.
At that moment, he remembers he still has his packed lunch of five small barley loaves and two small fish. Barley bread was the cheapest of all bread, and the fish were only small. He did not have a much to offer to Jesus, but in an act of selflessness, he decides to give it all to Jesus. I suppose he thought, that way at least Jesus would not be hungry.
Jesus prayed and fed 5000 men plus women and children because of one little boy’s generous heart. The boy himself also received more bread and fish than he started with and ate well. There were twelve baskets of leftovers after everyone had finished eating.
Like the young boy, God wants us to bring what we have to Him. The quantity or the quality is not as important as the heart in which we give it. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Furthermore, what we bring, is not as important as to whom we bring it. The boy gave it to Jesus, and he multiplied it to feed the multitude. God is not interested in what gifts we don’t have, but he wants to bless as we give to Him all that we do have. Regardless of how little or insignificant what we possess may appear in our own eyes. If you don’t feel like you have much to offer God, hand it over to Jesus and watch him multiply it.