“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” (Matthew 14:17).
In this miracle, we are clearly taught our Christian mission. Behold before you, disciples of Christ, thousands of men, women, and children who are starving for the bread of life. They hunger till they faint. They have spent their money and labors on that which does not satisfy. Open your eyes, let your heart and soul be moved with sympathy. I beseech you, if you cannot help them, weep over them; hear them crying “Feed us, for we famish.” I think I hear you reason in your heart the same thought as that of the original disciples of Jesus: “Who are we to feed this multitude? Our supplies are so meager we can’t feed ourselves. We could never even purchase enough supplies. We are too few, too weak, and too old ourselves. Surely there are others who can feed them.”
Yet, the Master tells you to give them the bread of life. He calls you to practical, personal service, and your Christianity is worth little unless it makes you heed His word. Did we say just now we could not? Surely we must recall our words and say, “We must!” Remember that our duty is to simply bring Jesus whatever we have. Every talent we have, whether big or small, is to be brought to Jesus in total consecration.
And we ourselves are to come to Him in prayer, as the disciples did at Pentecost, till the Spirit is poured out and we are made strong. Come with faith that Jesus has power to take whatever little means we may have and make it sufficient for mighty ends. A handful of apostles with a score of weaknesses shook the world because they were wholly for God. Put your talents and abilities in the hands of Christ, then go and do good. This is the way to change the world.
Adapted from In His Presence