9 “There is a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are these for so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down [to eat].” Now [the ground] there was [covered with] an abundance of grass, so the men sat down, about [b]5,000 in number.11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated; the same also with the fish, as much as they wanted.
I always get amazed when I read this episode of Jesus feeding the 5000. I place the people in this story into three categories;
We have the crowd that was following Jesus, the people in need, they wanted to hear and now they were also hungry and they needed to be fed. In the eyes of some like the disciples, these people represent a problem. The easy thing and way to deal with such is to send them away.
The second group of people is the disciples. They are close to the anointing the source of power, they have relationship with the answer but they are oblivious of their place and position. They would rather send the people away because they represent a problem, they have no compassion and they don’t understand that the mandate is to reach as many as possible God will provide the resources needed.
Then there is the boy who had the answer but because it was in a small package the disciples despised it. Good thing is that the boy had a giving heart and he was willing to give away his lunch and stay hungry, remember none of them knew what Jesus was going to do with it so when the boy gave it out, I don’t think he was expecting anything back.
Jesus is right at the center of this but remember as always He needs something to work with.
Unless these groups of people learn to work together there is no miracle. The disciples who are close to Jesus have to humble themselves to accept that though they have the position, they don’t have the solution and they have to partner with the boy. The boy on the other hand has to let go of the little that he has believing that as little as it is, it can make a difference. The crowds on the other hand have to walk in obedience to sit down to eat though they cannot see the food.
Is it not amazing the miracle that took place because of the partnership that we see in this story? If the disciples had been too proud to get the little lunch then the masses would not have been fed that day. If the boy was selfish and had refused to give out his lunch, the masses would have not been fed. If the disciples and the boy had not worked together then Jesus would not have had something to work with.
Maybe you have the position and the “Anointing” but you are clueless. Will you humble yourself enough to ask for help from a boy?
Maybe you are the boy and you look at what you have and in your eyes it is too small to make a difference. Will you in faith release it to God believing for a miracle?
The masses are hungry and Jesus is ready to feed them if only you and I partner together. Partner with Family Media and let’s see Jesus do miracles in our midst.
We owe it to Jesus!!