In Jesus’ Hands

Matthew 14:15-21 (NIV)

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

When you read the surrounding context of the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000, it is amazing to think about His compassionate love for people.  In Matthew 14, we read the story of John the Baptist’s beheading at the hand of Herod.  Jesus, upon hearing the news that His relative had been killed, withdraws to a solitary place by boat.  People had heard that He was near and followed Him.  Jesus does not send them away.  Rather, Matthew records Jesus’ response:

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. – Matthew 14:14 (NIV)

What love Jesus had for people!  He was brokenhearted and I imagine that He just wanted to be alone with His Father.  But Jesus had a heart for people.  He loved people and despite His broken heart and emotional exhaustion, He took care of the people.  He put others before Himself.  That is how we get to Matthew 14:15-21.
It was getting late and the people were hungry.  The disciples were tired and they just wanted these people to go away.  They tell Jesus to send the people away to the local villages to buy food.  Where in the world would 5,000 men, plus women and children, go to buy food?!?  It’s not like there were 20 fast-food options along the way!  I think that the disciples were looking for an easy way out (just my nickel’s worth).
Jesus had other plans.  He performs an amazing miracle with so very little – 5 small cakes of bread and 2 little fish.  In the hands of Jesus, a little goes a very long way!
You may think, “I’m just one person.  What difference can I make?”  In Jesus’ hands, you can make a huge impact!  You might say, “I don’t have a lot of money.  How can I impact the world for Christ?”  In Jesus’ hands, your tithes and offerings can change lives for God’s glory!  Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself, “I don’t have very much time.  It feels like it won’t make much of a difference.”  In Jesus’ hands, the time you can give will have an amazing impact!
It isn’t about what we can do.  It is about what Christ can do through us!  If we will give our loaves and fish to Him, He can multiply them and make a HUGE impact!  Don’t allow the amount that you can give to the Kingdom to become an excuse to not give anything at all.  Give what you can.  Give God all that you can give and allow Him to use you and your time, talents and treasure to make a powerful impact in the world for the cause of Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to give you all that I am and all that I have today. I’m tired and weary. I’m broken and in need of healing. I’m hungry and in need of food. Help me to trust You for all that I need. Use me to make an impact in the world today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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