“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” (John 6:9)
Can you imagine the apprehension that the boy must have felt, clutching some food, and suddenly being thrust in front of Jesus? Andrew’s question makes sense, what good is this amount of food when it comes to feeding so many. But he is also thinking as man thinks, not as God thinks.
Here we see that God was able to use a child to carry out his plan. It is a reminder to us that we are to use the gifts that we have been given by God, no matter how little they may appear to be, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems. God can and does perform miracles and he can and does use us, just as we are to help others who are in need.
Please don’t let your age, race, gender, income, or education limit your perception of who you are in the eyes of God. For when it comes to God’s work, all are welcome, all are needed because we are all children of God and one Body of Christ.
Deacon John Bauch