Conversations in the Gospel of John :: When Meager and Miraculous Meet

In John 6:8-10, Andrew brings a boy to Jesus who has five small barley loaves and two small fish. Why did Jesus even involve the boy’s seemingly miniscule meal to miraculously supply for thousands of hungry people?

Surely the Creator could have provided food without involving the boy? Do you think this boy would later regret the sacrifice of his small meal? What do you have to offer Jesus? Are you going through a hard time and feeling pressed on all sides? Is there an imbalance between what you need (want) and what you have?

Often, when I am broken, when the Lord has opened my heart to struggle, to feel raw, is the point that I become tender to his touch. Psalm 51:17, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”

T have been many moments when all I had to offer him was my broken heart!

There is a capacity for tenderness and love for others that we can not muster up on our own will, it must come from a broken place within us that is touched with the love of Jesus.

What are the loaves and fishes in your life that you have to offer Jesus? It is a lie from our enemy that one must achieve some level of perfection or maturity before they are worthy vessels of his power and love. The truth is quite the opposite. 1 Corinthians 1:27, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong”.

“If my life is broken when given to Jesus, it may be because pieces will feed a multitude when a loaf would satisfy only a little boy.” Elisabeth Elliot

Jan first met Jesus when she was a child. He has continually revealed His amazing love and tenderness to her throughout the seasons of life. Her life’s calling has shifted from that of an ICU nurse to a nurse anesthetist and now to the gifted position as a mother of 3 amazing kids and a wife to Chad.





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