Can you use this?

Date: Monday, July 28

ScriptureJohn 6:1-13

Verse: One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?” (John 6:8-9)


Frank & Mike from American Pickers

I am a fan of American Pickers on the History Channel. I like all the cool stuff they find and the little stories they tell along the way. But I think the thing that amazes me the most is how differently they look at stuff than I do. The other day I watched an episode where Frank, the bearded one, paid over $3,000 for an oil can. It was dirty, rusty, and downright ugly, but he saw value where most of us would have simply seen trash. That is true for so much of the stuff they buy in each episode. They see something others don’t.

In today’s scripture, we see the same thing happening between Jesus and the disciples. There were 5,000 people on the hillside that day. 5,000 hungry people. The disciples knew the monumental task it would be to find enough food for them all. I imagine they chuckled when the little boy offered his 5 loaves and 2 fish. This was barely enough food for one person, let alone 5,000. They tell Jesus about it as evidence there is not near enough food. But Jesus sees something they don’t. In his hands that small offering becomes a feast for the whole crowd.

It makes me wonder how many times I have looked at what I have as “not enough,” and just kept quiet. Our scarcity mentality, our ability to convince ourselves we don’t have enough to make a difference, keeps us from even trying. I admire that boy who brought what he had asking, “Can you use this?” Sure, it might not be enough on its own, but then it is put in the hands of Jesus. That’s the trick. When we are willing to offer to Jesus the “not enough” we have, he can multiply it into more than enough.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, take my gifts, my passions, my resources, and use them to your glory. Amen.

Action: Take a personal inventory of your gifts, abilities, and passions. Ask yourself how God might be calling you to use those gifts by placing them in Jesus’ hands.

Respond: Have you ever found something of value to you at a garage sale, flea market, eBay, Craig’s list, or someplace similar?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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