“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all” (v. 41).


All four gospel writers gave an account of this occasion when Jesus fed the multitude with a lunch the disciples felt was too small to even offer to the Master. After a busy day, the disciples’ solution was to dismiss the crowd to send them home, but Jesus said, “Give ye them to eat.” A quick survey of possible resources revealed only a lad’s lunch: five loaves and two small fish (John 6:9). Jesus blessed this offering, the disciples distributed it, and it proved to be more than enough to meet the present need.

How often does what we have to offer seem too small and insufficient? The need looks overwhelming, and our resources appear way too limited. However, the Master does not turn down the most minor offer but rather blesses it and uses it beyond what we would ever imagine. The key is to surrender what we have so the Master can bless it; the results will certainly be sufficient for the need. When we surrender what we have, the Master takes our “little” and makes it “lots”! (Rodney Stearns)

“All to Jesus I surrender;

All to Him I freely give;

I will ever love and trust Him,

In His presence daily live.”

--- Robin Mark

Our needs are never greater

Than what the Master can provide!