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John 6:8-9

8." One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,

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

Verse 9 is our focal point. When the little boy left home with his lunch basket on that day. He must have been very happy with the meal that his parents provided for him. However, he was clueless as to what would be the turn of events. Whilst he and the disciples were oblivious, Jesus knew what He would do.

A  barley loaf, probably the size of a muffin, was considered the commoner's food. The boy's five muffins and two small fishes were not much food. Andrew, one of Jesus' disciples, knowing it was a meager meal said, "What is it, (the boy's lunch) among so many people?" When Andrew scanned the hillside and saw the great multitude, in his limited understanding, he knew that the boy's meal was 'a drop in the bucket'. The boy's meal was meager, but it was an asset. It was enough for Jesus to use.

There are times when we make our own assessment of a situation and decide that we have little or nothing to positively contribute to it. Jesus does not require our abundance.  He only needs our willingness to be of service to Him. A part of the song, "Ordinary People"says, " Little becomes much as you place it in the Master's hand". Jesus uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Five loaves and two fishes became a 'banquet table' to satisfactorily feed a great multitude. 

Our 'drop in the bucket'  becomes  'bucketfuls', when we give it to Jesus. Whatever we have been blessed with, small or great, we are blessed to bless others. May we not look at what we have or who we are; but rather at what Jesus can do with what we have; and how He can use us to advance His purpose on earth.

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