Little Contributions

Matthew 14:14-21

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed the sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowd away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

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

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

Jesus said, “Bring them here to me.”, he said. 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. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

I love this scripture because, what seemed insufficient, the five loaves and two fishes, but in Jesus’ hands it became more than enough. Sometimes we feel that our contribution to Jesus is so little or meager but he can use those little contributions and multiply them in amazing ways.

I doubt that the disciples really understood what their willingness and obedience would provide to the crowd. What a lesson we can learn from this. It is only when we give him our time, talent, resources and/or treasure that He can do a work through us.  I hope you are inspired as I am to know and value these thoughts.

Remember there are no little contributions, only walks of faith and obedience!

May you see the fruits of your labor and be blessed to know you have made a difference.


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4 responses to “Little Contributions

  1. I have always loved the multiplication miracle too. In fact, I I think there’s a secret somewhere in breaking what you do have and giving it away. Look at when God’s only son died. Father multiplied His family, and now has many sons and daughters. Hmmm…. Praise God.


    • You could be on to something there Barb! In keeping it all for ourselves we deprive others from experiencing the miracles that He has prepared, the joy of serving, and the sense of belonging and being a part of His story. hmmmm….pondering


  2. The loaves and fishes story has become a fast favourite with my almost-3-old. I wonder at his fascination - is it because it contains bread, one of his favourite things to eat, or is it because it involves a little boy giving what he has to Jesus? Whatever it is, I’m glad that he likes it, because the message of the story, as you shared above, is one we all need to know. Nothing is too small in God’s hands, He just needs us to say “Yes, I’m willing to be used!”.


    • That is really cool! Children always manage to pick up the best and most important lessons, the ones the adults often miss. Their little hearts are so open to the amazing things of God!


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