“What do you have?” Jesus asked.
“What do we have?! What do we have?!! What DONT we have!”
The disciples looked around and saw the hungry people and knew their demand was bigger than their supply.
A little boy hugged tightly to what little he had as he made his way over to Jesus.
“It’s not much, but it’s all I have…five loaves of bread and two fish.”
Barely enough to feed a starving boy, much-less, thousands.
But can you imagine how pleased Jesus must have been with this tender-hearted little boy’s sacrifice? I can imagine Him beaming, “Yes, something I can work with!”
When you’re with Jesus, you begin to realize it is never about how much you have to offer and it isn’t even usually about what you have to offer….its simply THAT YOU TRUST HIM ENOUGH TO OFFER.
You take what little you have and you sacrifice it into His hands and watch and be amazed with what He can make from it.
He’s an expert at bringing something from nothing.
He can take fish and bread and make a feast for thousands.
That was the hope that we were clinging to at Campus Life last Thursday as our leaders frantically prepared to serve thanksgiving dinner to students in the city.
Ten minutes before we’re supposed to eat and we have 15 bags of rolls, four pumpkin pies, a mini crock pot of green beans, and four bundt cakes.
We know more food is coming, but we also know the number of students is growing also.
The pitifully (almost embarrassing display) of a table sits, many dishes still in transit…
Three people asked me if they should go purchase more food quickly.
There’s no time and for some reason, I just nod, “No. Fish & Bread. Start praying.”
You see, Jesus is an expert at bringing SOMETHING from nothing.
He delights in showing off.
And He Did.
Two minutes before serving, the door opens. Six people walk in, carrying trayfuls of food-
Chicken on skewers, fruit, cheese, salad, stuffed mushrooms, beans, potatoes, desserts….
There was an ABUNDANCE of leftovers.
When I say an abundance, I mean, abundance..
Students were able to take two and three platefuls. Some even made plates to take home to their parents and families.
Staff members from the YMCA trickled in to grab a plate, themselves.
When it was all said and done, entire cakes and pies and trays were left over but no belly left unsatisfied.
He left no table unturned. No plate unused. No person left hungry.
After tonight’s feast, I cannot help but think about those few loaves and fish and how nervous the disciples must have been.
And how sad, but excited, the little boy must have felt. On the one hand, he just lost his lunch. But only minutes later, Jesus showed him that His little lunch was a feast for thousands because he was willing to give it to God.
That little boy not only witnesses the miracle but he was A part of the miracle.
“What do you have ? What’s your fish and bread?
What do you have that you Can offer to Jesus?
You don’t need anything fancy…Just open hands, a willing heart, and trust that whatever Jesus takes from you, He can always give it back in an even better way.