Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Sufficient in His Hands
Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. —Matthew 14:19
A little boy was asked what his favorite Bible story was. He said, “I like the one where everyone loafs and fishes.” That is not exactly what happened with the Feeding of the Five Thousand, but it is a great story.
Jesus was at the peak of His ministry during this time, and His popularity was spreading. Multitudes of people were anxiously following Him. A large crowd had gathered to hear Him, and they were hungry.
We don’t know a lot about the little boy with his loaves and fishes whom Andrew brought to Jesus. We don’t even know his name. But we do know he was poor, because he had barley bread, the cheapest of all bread. He also had two small fish. He didn’t have a lot to bring to the table. But that little boy gave what he had to Jesus.
In the same way, God wants us to bring what we have to the table. This boy gave his lunch, as poor as it was, to Jesus. This lunch was as insignificant as it could be. And this boy was as insignificant as he could be. But that which was insufficient from the hands of the insignificant became sufficient and significant when placed in the hands of Jesus.
It is not what you bring. It is whom you are bringing it to. God can do a lot with a little. And sometimes those who have the least are willing to give more, because they recognize that if anything good results, it has to come from God.
So bring what you have. God can take it, bless it, and use it to touch many. What makes a gift great in God’s service? It is not the magnitude of the gift. It is into whose hands the gift is given.
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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
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