Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks he distributed them to those who were seated—so also with the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were full, he told his disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.” So, they collected them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten (John 6:11-13).

How amazing is our Lord Jesus! He took a little boy’s lunch, blessed it, broke it, handed it out to His disciples, and they fed the whole crowd, 5000 men plus women and children!

Not only were the people fed and satisfied, but the disciples salvaged twelve baskets of fragments. The Lord wasted nothing.

Have you ever wondered who got all the leftovers? I would like to think that it was the little boy who gave his five loaves and two fishes to the Lord. In my mind I can see this little boy running down the road that evening dragging those twelve baskets of loaves and fishes’ home.
     “Look mama, you know that lunch you sent with me this morning? I gave it to this man named Jesus.”
     “You what? Now son you remember this morning when I gave you that lunch, I told you that this was last food there was, and I didn’t know what we were going to eat tomorrow?”
     “Yes mama, but look what He gave me in return. Now we can eat a long time.”

You see Jesus not only blesses others with what we give, He always gives back more than we give. The scripture says. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over.” (Luke 6:38a)

Out beyond our doors is a world full of hungry people. All of them are hungry spiritually. Some of them are hungry physically. Jesus stands on the edge of this hungry world. He’s moved with compassion about their needs. He is looking for people just like you and me with five loaves and two fishes that he can take bless and break and use to feed the multitude. Will you give him your  five loaves and two fishes’?

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