Discover How To Use Your Time
The young boy grabbed his lunch, tucked it in his tunic and took off for the countryside to spend the day listening to the Teacher, Jesus of Nazareth. We don’t know if he packed his lunch himself or if his mother prepared those five barley loaves and two fish for him. But you can be sure he had no idea that soon his simple lunch was going to be used by Jesus to feed an estimated 15,000 people—5000 men plus women and children.
As evening approached after a long day of teaching, Jesus asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” (John 6:5, NTL). Andrew, one of the disciples, spoke up, “There’s a boy here with five barley loaves and two fish.” The other disciples must have smirked when Andrew even suggested that there could possibly be some use for five loaves of bread and two fish to feed such a crowd.
But Jesus took the loaves and fish, gave thanks to God, and had the disciples distribute them. After they all ate as much as they wanted, amazingly, there were twelve baskets left over. All because the young boy was willing to give what he had to Jesus.
Put yourself in his shoes. It would have been easy for him to think, “Why should I give my lunch to Jesus? What difference could my lunch make?” Maybe you’ve felt that way at some time. “What would my small contribution accomplish?”
Yet, when you give what you have—whether your time, abilities, or money—however limited, He can use it to help meet needs in ways you have no idea about. Today, offer Jesus whatever you have. You may not find out until you get to heaven how God used what you gave to touch the lives of needy people. But as someone once said, “Little is much when God is in it.”