Seven Loaves and a Few Small Fish
Matthew 15:29-34 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”
You may know what happens next in this story. Jesus takes the small amount of bread and fish the disciples had and multiplied it a thousand times to feed the crowds of people; even leaving some extra bread for leftovers.
But look at where it starts, with Jesus looking to the disciples and asking what they had that He could work with. He looked at the amount that they had to offer Him not as small or not enough; but as a place to start; an opportunity to bless others. He does the same with us today; looking at where we are right now, and what we have right now; and it’s enough for Him to use to bless someone else.
How many loaves do you have?
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