All four of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, tell of how Jesus miraculously fed a multitude of over five thousand people from just five loaves of bread and two fish. Only John gives us this extra detail:
John 6:8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
This meager portion of food came from a child, a boy. How small his contribution seemed compared to the hungry crowd before before them. The disciples thought, “What good is this?” Yet this boy gave all he had to Jesus even though it didn’t seem like much.
And look what happened! Jesus turns these five loaves and two fish into more than enough food for everyone to eat with twelve baskets left over. Not only that, this great miracle became a sign for everyone to believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. It became a great lesson for the disciples of God’s provision. And Jesus used the account to teach the people about how He is the Bread of Life.
This little boy is like each of us. Our possessions, our abilities, our strength — they are very small. What are we going to accomplish with our meager contribution to God? What can good is it? Our contributions seem as silly as trying to feed five thousand people with a few loaves of bread and some fish. But when we do what this boy did – when we give the little that we have to Jesus for Him to use according to His will – He can take our contribution and multiply it and accomplish such things that we could never have imagined possible!
Ephesians 3:20+21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.