Five-Loaf Believers

Lou Lotz

Read: John 6:1-15

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many? (v. 9)

Imagine the scene that evening when the boy burst into his home, sputtering with excitement, his eyes aglow, telling his mother about how “me and Jesus” fed five thousand people! And it was true. But what good, really, were the boy’s five loaves for five thousand hungry people? I mean, why use them at all? Wouldn’t it have been just as easy for Jesus to create the whole meal out of nothing, and wouldn’t that have been an even greater miracle? Yet, Jesus “took the loaves” (v. 11). Why? Perhaps to demonstrate that even meager resources, in his hands, can accomplish great things.

If this world is ever to embrace Jesus Christ, it will happen largely through the unexceptional ministries of “five-loaf” believers, who have little to give, but they give it all the same. Your contribution may seem like nothing compared to what is wanting: what are five loaves for so many? But in wonderful ways the Lord multiplies the resources we place in his hands.

The feeding of the five thousand is the only one of Jesus’ miracles to appear in all four Gospels. Apparently what happened that day made such a deep impression that no one could forget it. And 2,000 years later we still remember the boy who entrusted to Jesus what little he possessed, and watched wide-eyed as his gift was multiplied a thousandfold. —Lou Lotz 

As you pray, ask God to use your gifts.