Meditations

What Are They Among So Many?

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There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? — John 6:9

He was just a kid with a snack– five crackers and two anchovies. Not exactly the sustenance required by 5,000 men… and their wives… and their kids.

“What are they among so many?”

Not much.

But– Jesus Himself knew what He would do.

And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. — John 6:11

I think I can relate to the child, and maybe even the disciples here. What am I among so many? Who am I in the midst of people that love The Lord so much more than I do? What can I do that these talented people cannot do better? I’m just crackers and anchovies. Barley loaves and a couple fishes. A kindergartener’s snack.

Little is much when God is in it.

Not I, but Christ liveth in me.

With God, nothing is impossible.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I might struggle with feelings of inferiority and insufficiency. But the truth is, I need to get over myself! It is NOT about me! It’s about God! Jesus doesn’t need a lot to work with– He only needs us to offer Him something. A widow’s mite, five loaves and two fishes… my heart…

Oh Jesus if I die upon a foreign field someday,
‘Twould be no more than love demands, no less could I repay,
“No greater love hath mortal man than for a friend to die”
These are the words He gently spoke to me,
“If just a cup of water I place within your hand
Then just a cup of water is all that I demand.

But if by death to living they can Thy glory see,
I’ll take my cross and follow close to Thee.
— “Follow Me” by Ira Stanphill

You’ve heard it before: It’s not our ability that God seeks, but out availability.

Praise God for His desire to use broken vessels.

2 thoughts on “What Are They Among So Many?

  1. The song “Follow me” is one truly amazing song!!! Excellent choice for this theme. Your perspective is so simple comparing the food to a kindergartner’s snack 🙂

    “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” 1 Cor 1:27
    And that’s why He chose us 🙂 thanks for sharing!!!!

    1. Thank you for commenting! Great verse. 🙂
      A friend of mine sang “Follow Me” in a service recently, and it was the first time I’d ever heard it. But the third verse, which I’ve included here, had me in tears! God knew exactly what I needed.
      God bless!

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