Give a Little Bit
Little is Much
If we observe the first few books of the New Testament we find multiple accounts of Jesus feeding thousands with only a small amount of food. Perhaps the most common of these is the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand men (plus women and children) with only five small loaves of bread and two fish. One point we can look at from this story is the large crowd that Jesus fed was composed of people who were most likely in town to conduct business of some sort, and when they saw Jesus passing through, they immediately dropped what they were doing and followed Him. The Bible goes on to say that when Jesus saw the crowd he had compassion on them, healed their sick, and told them about the kingdom of heaven. You could say point number one is because of the crowd’s willingness to follow Jesus he had compassion on them and healed them.
Something else we can look at is the fact that the people that followed Jesus had nearly nothing to offer. They were not prepared for this event, they hadn’t packed lunches, they hadn’t brought gifts to offer to Jesus; they just followed Jesus out of pure, blind faith. They didn’t know where Jesus was headed or why, they just trusted that they would witness something great by following Him. What I’m pointing out here is, we don’t have to have anything to offer besides ourselves and a willingness to follow for Jesus to do something in our lives that we will never forget.
The third point I want to make from this story is this… Jesus had somewhere around 0.3% of the food that would be required to feed a crowd of this size, but He gave thanks for it, asked God’s blessing on it and began distributing it to the crowd. The disciples collected twelve baskets of leftovers when the crowd was done eating. Jesus can take what seems like nothing to us and use it to do something great if we will let Him. Too often we assume we don’t have enough of something, or we ourselves are not enough to make a difference. We sell ourselves short, and we tend to be ungrateful for the little that we have, but if we give thanks for what we have and give our all to Jesus, He can do great things in us and through us, and we will be amazed.