5 LOAVES & 2 FISHES
When Johnny (not real name) left home, little did he know that the lunch pack mum gave him wasn’t for his mouth alone. Just the way a lot of us are yet to realize that the resources, gifts and calling of God upon our lives are not for our personal consumption alone. Much more than blessing us, God is interested in making us a blessing “…and thou shalt be a blessing”-Gen 12:2. So here was Johnny in Jesus’ crusade. It had been on for two days and this was the third. As the grand finale began to wound up, a logistic lapse became apparent; the disciples had forgotten to make provision for food. Three days of heaven on earth was just about to turn to hell so they ran to Jesus who apparently wasn’t bewildered (…for he himself knew what he would do- John 6:6). I am sure the disciples must have learnt from this experience that God is never taken aback, we may not know what to do but God always does.
At the command of Jesus, Andrew went round to see who would volunteer some food but it turned out that everybody was tight-fisted, “everyman for himself” they all said. Only little Johnny was willing to help. Not knowing what would happen next, he gave out his lunch all in a bid to solve people’s problem. He would have given more I believe but all he had was just five loaves and two fishes.
Andrew collected the loaves and fishes of the young lad wondering what good it can possibly do. And indeed he didn’t hide his feelings, he said to Jesus “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many”- John 6:1-9. Those words of Andrew were enough to discourage anybody but Jesus collected it and with it solved the problem. The people were blessed and there was even left overs but guess who went home with the greatest blessing, Johnny “…it is more blessed to give than to receive”-Acts 20:35.
Giving is certainly one way out of lack. Who would have thought that five loaves and two small fishes could feed five thousand men (not counting the women and children) and still remain twelve full baskets? Certainly a bird in hand is not worth two in the bush. The hands that cannot release will not be able to receive. Jesus promised “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom…”-Luke 6:38. If you want to move from lack to abundance, from not enough to more than enough, you can’t but give; explore every channel of giving available to you but most importantly, give to the work of God.
The approach Jesus used to solve this problem has at least two lessons to teach us, the first is that the answer to some (if not most) of the issues we face in life is within not without. The disciples were already contemplating going to the market to buy food, unfortunately they couldn’t afford it. So they had to resort to Jesus’ approach which was that they search for as much food as they could possibly get from the hungry crowd. Jesus knew the answer to the challenge was right there in the challenge. As a matter of fact the solution had been there before the problem arose. Are you in a fix? Before you begin to look outside for help, why not look deep within. The solution is somewhere within and around.
One more lesson, the next time you find yourself in Jesus’ shoes when you have a bill to pay or pressing need to meet or a project to execute and there seems to be but a little, rather than complain or murmur do what Jesus did, give thanks. Believe me it works like magic, every time you give thanks to God over your needs He steps in and multiplied the little in your hand…little is the seed for more!
President, The Teacher Ministries
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