Luke 9:7-17Mark 6:14-56Matthew 14:1-36John 6:1-21Matthew 14:20, "They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over."
After spending the day with 5,000 people and watching Jesus perform miraculous healings, the disciples were ready to close up shop and send everyone home for dinner. The problem was, they were in the middle of nowhere! There was no Taco Bell or McDonald's for miles. Not wanting the people to leave hungry, Jesus looked at His disciples and said, "You feed them!" What?! Surely, their jaws dropped as they thought, "How? We only have a couple of fish and five loaves of bread!" Ironically, they were stuck on logistics and forgot that they were standing before the logic-defying power of the Bread of Life! In Jesus' hands, not only was there enough food to satisfy every person — they even had leftovers!Like the disciples, we often think that what we have to offer is insufficient for meeting the challenge before us. We freeze up and forget that not only did Jesus come to give us eternal life, but life to the full! Whatever we lack, Jesus provides. If we take whatever little talents, abilities, or resources we have and place them in God's hands, He pours out His blessing and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.So, how do we hand over our "two fish and five loaves of bread" to God? We pray, then trust and obey Him. When we do, we'll never go hungry, we'll always have more than enough, and the results will always be greater than we ever thought possible!
God, Thank You for reminding me that You are more than enough. Please show me what I have to offer — even if I think it's insignificant. I want to be effective for Your kingdom and make Your name known! In Jesus' name, Amen.