“But he answered, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?’ ‘How many loaves do you have?’ he asked. ‘Go and see.’ When they found out, they said, ‘Five–and two fish.” Mark 6:37-38
Many people had been listening to Jesus teach in a remote area. Since it was getting late, the disciples suggested sending the people home to get some food. Jesus wants the disciples to feed the people.
There were about 5,000 men, not including any women or children in the crowd. The disciples immediately realized the challenge. This would cost a lot.
All Jesus asked for was what they had on hand. He did not tell them to go and buy more, but to use what they had. With just five loaves of bread and two fish they fed at least 5,000 grown men. This was a miracle of God’s provision.
Two or three men could easily finish off a loaf of bread and a fish, imagine now 5,000 men and what they could eat. After they ate, there was twelve baskets full of leftovers!
Even today God works the same way. God wants you to be a servant to others and to give to meet the needs of others. God does not ask you to give anything that you do not have. All He asks is that you give of what you have been blessed with.
The disciples must have thought Jesus was crazy when He told them to feed the people with such little food. They probably expected to feed a few and then be done quickly, but that did not happen.
As you give, you must trust God to multiply that gift and to continue to provide for your own needs. Currently, we are in the Christmas season. This is a time of giving. Are you trusting God to help you in giving? Are you giving from the heart or just to look good?
Seek God for what you need to give. Ask God to use it abundantly. Trust God to use your gift. Be willing to give the little that you have. Do not just give out of your surplus, give what God wants you to give.
I pray today that God will show you what you can do for others; that God will do a miracle of multiplication in your giving; that God will bless thousands through you; that God will provide abundantly; and that God will build His kingdom through you.