You Hungry?

Posted: August 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

So check out the Book of John, chapter 6, verses 1 to 15 and read the story of how Jesus fed 5000 hungry dudes plus all their wives and rugrats. I can’t even begin to comprehend something so insane, but I want to focus on part of the story that often gets overlooked.

Yes, it’s totally amazing that Jesus took 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and multiplied them into a feast to feed probably 15,000, including men, women, and children. I’m not going to take away from that, but let’s look at a seemingly insignificant character in the story.

I have justifiable reasons for calling this person insignificant. What are they and who am I talking about? I’m glad you asked these important questions. Let me enlighten you to my reasoning.

First, the person I’m speaking of is the boy with the fish sandwiches. And to answer your question about his insignificance, the Gospel of John is the only book that even records his actions. The story is told in Matthew, Mark, and Luke also, but they do not mention the boy.

Why? 

It seems the authors of these books were more focused on the miracle itself and not what made the miracle possible. But I think this young boy’s actions warrant some discussion, at the very least to open our eyes to what is possible when we give what we have to God.

Be prepared

Out of 15,000 people, it would seem the boy was the only one prepared. He brought a lunch just in case he needed one. Five loaves of bread and two fish would be quite a lunch for a small boy, and might even provide dinner, if this teacher talked into the night.

Give what you have

So here he is, a young boy clutching his sack lunch, surrounded by 15,000 unprepared, hungry people. How many of us would say, “Too bad, you should have planned ahead,”  “It’s not my problem,” or even had legitimately said, “I only have enough for myself.”?

The boy did not say any of these things and if he had these thoughts, he did not act on them. He took the little that he had and gave it to the disciples who in turn gave it to Jesus. If you think about the scene for a minute you will understand the significance of his actions.

Picture this

You’re out in a field with 15,000 people. You’re just a small boy and cannot even see Jesus. Your field of vision, just a sea of butts. Some men are working their way through the crowd and you hear that the Teacher needs food. Your stomach has been rumbling and you were just thinking about breaking out your bread and fish for a nice meal.

Something in you makes you give it to the men instead. They immediately whisk you through the crowd, pushing people aside. Finally you are standing before the Teacher. You are so close you can touch him. They take your lunch and give it to him. Goodbye lunch.

You have no way of knowing if it will make its way back to you. But you just knew that this Teacher, the one you heard amazing stories about, needed your lunch.

The boy willingly surrendered all he had to Jesus, expecting nothing in return. It got him so close to Jesus, literally.

Jesus did the miracle, but without the boy and his willingness to give what he had, things would have gone differently. I’m not going to say that Jesus could not have turned rocks into bread but what I do know is God always works through a surrendered life.

Trust Jesus

We are the hands and feet of Jesus and we need to always remember that important fact. We need to remember that Jesus can do more with a crumb than we can with a whole bread factory.

We need to trust that Jesus will take care of us when we put our life in his hands, whatever that looks like.

We need to remember that Jesus’ will is better than our will. His plans are better and bigger than our plans.

The boy John introduced us to ran his race to win an eternal prize.

“Here is a boy with five loaves of barley and two little fish, but that is not enough for so many people.”

John 6:9

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