Doing a Lot with a Little

I recently had the opportunity to re-read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.

To recap, over 5,000 people came to hear Jesus and even be healed by Him. Gathered out in the middle of nowhere, people started getting hungry as the day wore on. Jesus perceived the need at hand and asked His disciples where they could find food for the people there. His disciples were not very optimistic. Even if they could find something for everyone, it would cost as much money as a single man could earn after 200 days of work just to give 1 person a tiny piece of bread to eat. What they did find was a small boy who offered to share what he had: 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

Spoiler alert: with those 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish, Jesus was able to abundantly meet the needs of the people. Not only was He able to meet their stomachs, but there were also 12 baskets of food left over! It was a miracle! Something only God could do.

I think today we often forget that this is our Messiah. This man of miraculous suppers is whom we worship and call Lord. Jesus is in the habit of taking our meager offerings and turning them into something even more spectacular than we could ever imagine. What if the boy had tried to feed the people on his own? It would have been a noble gesture, full of self-sacrifice and genuine love. But it would have only met the needs of a handful of people, with the rest left to go without.

You see, when we give what we have (our time, our resources, our lives) to Jesus, He is willing and able to use those gifts to meet the needs of the world in ways and in numbers that we could never do on our own.

When you think about your own children's missions group, remember this story. Give it your all, but always remember that Christ is the One who makes the miracle! He can and will use your limited resources, diminished volunteers, and tiny meeting spaces to do something extraordinary. It's what He's all about! So, the next time you're feeling down and out, remember how the small gift of a boy who lived 2,000 years ago made an impact that we still talk about today.


Zachariah Seanor is the national consultant for Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, and Youth on Mission; husband to an amazing wife; and lover of the great outdoors. When he's not in the office writing blogs, he enjoys warm fires, cool summer nights, and long walks with his border collie, Nellie.


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