You can feed the multitudes- just hand over to God what you have
Miracle of the five loaves and two fish : Get your idea out of the box and let it feed the world.
“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”John 6 vs 9
Jesus had crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), people had followed him, wanting to see and experience for themselves the signs and wonders he performed and healing of the sick. As always, Jesus had empathy on them because now it had been days and he realised people might have been hungry. He came to His disciples and specifically asked Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”John 6:1-14
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?” John 6:9.
About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! Mathew 14:21.
There are people who would be put into your path, who will recognise your talent but still place stumbling blocks in your path because they doubt if your talent is big enough. Andrew was one of those people, he spotted the person who could save the situation but still had doubts if the solution he was suggesting would make any difference. Philip was still zooming into the magnitude of the problem and highlighting how impossible it would be to solve it and he even missed the opportunity to spot the boy with a potential to save them. How many people knock on your door with a solution but you are so absorbed into the challenge you are facing such that you even do not see them or give them the break that would also loosen you.
We see how Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterwards he did the same with the fish. We read that they all ate as much as they wanted. John 6 :11.
You might be insignificant in your own eyes, but you are carrying five barley loaves and two small fish that God is ready to bless so that you feed the nation’s.
The boy was spotted by Andrew, even though he did not believe that what the boy had, would make a difference in that current situation. In addition, the boy came forward and gave up the little he had, believing that it would be used to save the multitude of people, who were hungry that day. It seems to me he did not have a scarcity mentality, because he did not hold on to his own lunch, but gave it up, by faith, believing that Jesus Christ, was able to create a miracle with it. Consequently, 5000 men plus women and children were fed, because the boy released what he had and did not think it was not worthy or not sufficient to feed the multitudes.
We can learn from this boy’s action and challenge ourselves. What is it that you are holding onto? What is that one thing if you could hand it over to Jesus Christ, multitudes would receive a solution to a pressing problem and captives would be set free? Youth of this time, what is that innovative idea that you are not sharing because you think it is not good enough to save the nations?
Your five barley loaves and two small fish are neatly tucked in your box and might even be spoiled and stink. Open the box hand it over and let God use your own gifts to make a difference in people’s lives.
Phillip of this present time, what is that problem you are so obsessed with such that you do not even see the people who are standing before you with a solution?
Let us also remember the woman whom Elijah met and he had flour and oil and was ready to bake the last bread and die. But she said, “I swear by the LORD your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”1 Kings 17:12.
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son” 1 Kings 17:13.
Some of us might have thought: really? I just told you it’s the last meal and you still want a share of it? Bake for you a portion? You must be joking right?
But the woman, because she did not focus on what she was about to lose but on what God was promising her. She had a revelation of who Elijah was and saw deeper than on Elijah as a prophet, bu saw the God of Elijah. “I swear by the Lord your God”- 1 King 17:12.
She also listened to the message God was sending her through the prophet.
For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: “There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the LORD sends rain and the crops grow again!”1 Kings 17:14
When she obeyed the “peculiar” instruction, there was food for more days to come and never lacked.
In the story of the boy in Mathew 14, The boy gave up his two small fish and bread and the woman in the story we read in 1 Kings 17, shared what she thought to be her last meal. Both the boy and the woman never lacked after they act of letting go of what was the last visible food they had and there was overflow and abundance which followed their acts of obedience, abundance mentality and mostly trust on God.
“There was food that was left over, after 5000 men were fed from just the two fish and five barley loaves. So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves” John 6:13.
I can imagine the boy walking away with a beaming face and carrying home more than what he had given away. In this present moment, He was no different from that kind of a youth, who would attend entrepreneurship events, because they were hungry for knowledge and would not have money to buy drinks and would be standing there with chapped lips and torn shoes. They would be holding on to their idea and the belief that one day they would get a breakthrough. But this special particular day, there was Jesus Christ in the house, it was a different moment. The youth heard the message and gave to the giver of all good gifts, the little he had and made history. Thousands were fed because of his giving. He had a gift/idea/ and handed it over to the author and finisher of our faith. Hand it over because when you give it to Jesus Christ it will be safe. God will protect your idea and cover it with a hedge of fire, such that those who try to use if for selfish gain will not break the code.
What are you keeping on that lunch box? When the decision makers come asking, open it and hand it over. Do no hold on tight- it is of more value when you share it with the world.
Jesus asked the crowds to be sat down. Do not be scared on how you will execute your idea and how will the people respond- they will be directed what to do and will be sat down as they consume your product and you reap the profits (the boy left with left overs after thousands had been fed).
God will guide you and give you people who will help to make your idea work and function for the good. The market will be ready to receive it and they will be seated down and be ready to consume your product. There will be no waste and for the profit God gives you, you will have people putting them on jackets with you- directing you on further investments.
Stop holding on to that idea and give it over to God.