by Crystal Bowman
When Jesus stepped out of a boat (in Mark 6:33-44), a large crowd gathered around Him. He had compassion on them and healed many who were sick. As evening approached, the people were hungry. His disciples wanted to send them away, but Jesus told them to feed the people.
The disciples were puzzled since they had no food. “We don’t have enough money to buy food to feed this many people,” they said. Then Andrew brought a young boy to Jesus who had two small fish and five small loaves of bread. Perhaps it was his lunch. Perhaps his parents sent him out to sell the food. The story doesn’t include those details.
But one thing we do know is that the young boy freely offered what he had and gave it to Jesus.
You know the rest of the story. Jesus blessed the food and broke it. As the disciples distributed the food, it multiplied until more than 5000 people had enough to eat. An amazing miracle in the hands of Jesus!
So what does this have to do with us?
We are like that young, nameless boy walking among spiritually hungry people. We may not have much to offer, but if we give what we have to Jesus, He can bless it, multiply it, and use our offering to feed hungry souls.
In Romans 12:6, the Apostle Paul reminded the Christians in Rome that by God’s grace, He has given each of us gifts to use in the body of Christ. If you are a teacher, writer, or pastor, ask God to bless your words so He can multiply them and use those words to give spiritual food to dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people. If you have the gift of service, ask God to bless those whom you serve that they in turn may bless others, and your efforts are multiplied to reach people you don’t even know. If you have the gift of encouraging others or showing mercy, ask God to bless your acts of kindness and caring so that He can do more than you can imagine.
Besides our spiritual gifts, God has given us talents to use for Him as well. If you are an artist, musician, athlete, scientist, nurse, or hair stylist, God can use your talents to reach thousands of people when you dedicate your work to Him.
What do you have to give the Master that He can use and multiply? Whatever it is, it’s more than enough when you put it in Jesus’ hands.
God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us. Ephesians 3:20 NIRV
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About the author: Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books including, Our Daily Bread for Kids.She and her husband have three married children and seven huggable grandchildren.
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Join the conversation: What do you have to offer back to Jesus today?