Your Loaves and Fishes

Written by Emmie Stanley

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“Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples and the disciples gave to the multitudes. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:19, 21, NKJV).

Recently I was part of a small team of ladies who put on a square dance and auction to raise funds to donate a water well to Africa. We thoroughly enjoyed the organizing process, found our community to be very generous in donating auction items, and had a lot of fun at the actual event.

We raised enough money for a water well that would impact the lives of 1000 people providing clean water and improved health for both people and animals, strengthening their economy, and opening the way for the girls to go to school rather than spending their days walking miles for water.  It also meant that we could plant a church in the village that would change lives for eternity.

I was so overwhelmed by the small thing that we had done. How little of my actual time and energy it cost, and yet what a HUGE impact it had on a whole village for now and for eternity. I began to realize that this is what the story about the fish and the loaves is about. It’s the little thing that we have to offer, and if we are willing to give that little thing, God can take it, multiply it, and use it to bless thousands.

We can often feel inadequate and that we have so little to give, but this miracle tells us that if we will just be obedient and give the little we have, we can have a major impact in the lives of others. What are the fish and loaves in your hand? What little thing is God asking you to do or give that has the potential to bless multitudes?

It is said that “there are those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say what happened???” Let’s be those who MAKE THINGS HAPPEN to the glory of our God!

Questions: What little thing is God asking you to do or give that has the potential to bless multitudes?

3 Responses to “Your Loaves and Fishes”

  • ann says:

    What a terrific application for the story of the loaves and the fish. It’s so true, I feel I have so little to offer, but if I offer what I have to the Lord then the result is amazing.

  • Lily says:

    Sadly, i can’t think of one thing…

  • Patrick says:

    It reminds us of so many stories: The staff in the hand of Moses; David’s sling and stone; bread and wine commemorating the body and blood of Christ. In our eagerness to serve God we think we have to be somebody, or do something, great, but all we have to do is be humble, believe, and obey, then God will take care of the rest. Good article. May God grant all who read it the grace to apply it personally.

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