With Jesus, what was inadequate became sufficient, and He is able to do the same thing in our lives.
Jesus said to them [the disciples], ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:16-21, NRSV).
A host or hostess’ worst nightmare: five thousand hungry drop-ins to feed for lunch. Jesus, however, takes it in stride. He multiplies those meager loaves and fishes to feed them all and has baskets of food left over. The paltry loaves and fishes were totally insufficient to feed five thousand people. Yet, with Jesus in the mix, what was inadequate became sufficient. He is able to do the same thing in our lives. What we bring to Him—our time, talent or wealth—is utterly insufficient, but He makes what we offer Him more than satisfactory. He uses and blesses and multiplies the gifts we bring. Be unafraid to offer Him your best even though you fear it isn’t good enough. In His hands it will blossom and grow.
FAITH STEP: What is it you do that you would like to offer to Jesus? Your singing voice? Your artistic ability? Your capability or willingness to work at whatever is assigned to you? Yourself? Offer Him that and know that He will turn it into a blessing for someone.
Written by Judy Baer