There they were on the side of the mountain and late into the day. The people were listening to Jesus preach, but it became apparent that they needed a break to get something to eat. Eating is necessary after all. Eating is what sustains us, it keeps up alive. Necessities of life were encroaching upon meeting. They could go on meeting, but they could not go on without food.
The plan was to dismiss the crowd. The disciples had determined that. We don’t have enough, let them go into the villages and purchase food. Who knows perhaps this would have been an economic stimulus for the area they were in. But Jesus had other plans. He looks at his disciples and says, “You give them something to eat.”
I’m sure they looked around at each other at this point. They thought, “We don’t have anything, well not much anyway… maybe one man’s lunch, but not enough for the crowd.” But he takes it, he takes those small rations. He holds them out and blesses them and begins to pass out food to feed the multitude.
But, wait, there is more to this story that just plain old white bread. Jesus was meeting a physical need. He was feeding the hungry. Just like Moses called on God and God provided the manna. Jesus was saying here that he would provide for all that we needed. Not just physically, but spiritually as well. He is the Bread of Life!
So then I remember, this is how ministry works. I truly have nothing to offer, nothing much anyhow. Nothing apart from His blessing. Nothing apart from His hands. He is the one that takes my weakness and exploits it for kingdom gain. He is the one ultimately opens his word before me to feed me and a whole multitude beside.
I remember today how little I have to offer you and how gracious you are to multiply your grace to me and many more besides. Use me today to open your word before your people. I am nothing if I am not in your hands.