"There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” -John 6:9
Do you ever feel the pressing weight of the daily grind? Or maybe you just have a sense that there's got to be more, but you don't know what "more" is or how to get there. Well, you'd be correct. There is more to life and we get a glimpse of the impact the Gospel has on the mundane daily tasks of life in John 6.
Here, in John's Gospel, amidst this very important section that sets the stage for Jesus' profound statement as the "bread of life" (Jn. 6:35) we have this minor detail in the account. Of all 4 Gospel accounts of the feeding of the 5,000, only John records this detail of the source of the 5 loves and 2 fish. Where'd they get even that small amount of food from? A boy, a child, who was willing to place it in the hands of the Bread of Life, the true bread from heaven.
Many questions are unaccounted for concerning this child and we won't delve into speculation, but one thing is sure, someone caught those fish. Someone made that bread. And someone gave it to the child for some reason. Bread making, fishing....done on a daily basis for a living can be quite mundane and appear insignificant. The bread maker may thank God for the resources to make bread. The fisherman may pray to God for a good catch, but neither likely feels like they're doing anything world changing. Yet, their commitment to these basic tasks, ultimately placed these resources in the hands of a child and into the hands of Jesus to do a miracle the world would never forget. And in the process, He'd make an emphatic statement about His own identity as the true Bread Of Life, who alone can satisfy His people. It's this consistent faithfulness in the small things that God often uses to feed many and display the glory of His Son, Jesus.
Let me encourage you to live by faith for the glory of Christ and, like this child, offer whatever you have in service to Christ. Then, patiently wait to see how God will use it. Faithfulness feeds many through Christ.
In Service To Christ,
Randy Pauley, Pastor