Our Five Loaves and Two Fishes

But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.  He said, Bring them hither to me. 

And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.  And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Matthew 14:16-18, 20-21

I was thinking a little more about this passage.  I’ve heard many sermons preached on the feeding of the five thousand.  They usually deal with the disciples doubt or the miracle itself.  But I keep coming back to verse 18: “…Bring them hither to me.”

Five loaves and two fishes are not a lot of food.  These probably were not giant loaves of bread or huge fish, either.  Five small loaves of bread and a couple of fish.  To be honest, I could probably eat most of that myself.  In the hands of the one who owned them, it was enough to keep them fed for a day or two.

But when brought to Jesus, that small amount of food was enough to feed five thousand men, plus women and children.  And it was enough to pick up twelve baskets of leftovers.  If there would have been one million people, that small amount of food would have been plenty.

It is the same with our lives.  We all have talents and abilities. None of us are perfect.  None of us have every talent and every ability.  But we all have something.  We each have our “five loaves and two fishes.”

We can do one of two things with what we have.  We can keep it and use it for ourselves.  That is what most people do.  They take their talents and abilities and use them to make money, which they spend lavishing comfort and entertainment on themselves.  They might use them to increase their popularity or fame, but it is still all about them.  They are taking their loaves and fishes and having a nice meal of them.

On the other hand, Jesus says “Bring them hither to me.”  We can give our talents and abilities to Jesus, and He can not only provide for us with them, but multiply them to be a blessing and help to a multitude of others.

The choice is ours.  What will we do with our “five loaves and two fishes?”

5 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    “The choice is ours. What will we do with our “five loaves and two fishes?””
    Laying myself on the altar. May this be a pleasing sacrifice to Him.



    • It’s always a pleasing sacrifice when we present ourselves. The only problem I have is continuously crawling off the altar from time to time. Trying to do better…


  2. Thank you for staying with this! Now we get to look at what He can do with us, when we come to Him .. . love it! God bless you and all that He is multiplying through you today!


  3. Hi again, Ben

    I participated in a simulcast two weekends ago. The keynote speaker was Priscilla Shirer (http://www.goingbeyond.com/biography) and she shared on this same topic.

    I can’t remember all the points, but two things grabbed me …
    1. the bread/fish had to be broken in order for them to be shared
    2. there were twelve baskets of leftover food (and twelve disciples who initially wanted to go to the nearby town to purchase enough to feed the crowd even though the All Sufficient One was right there in their midst)

    I had to come back and say thanks again for reminding us of the importance of placing our little in His hands so that He can do much with them.



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