When God hands you broken bread
41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.
- Mark 6:41-43
Great things happen when we join Jesus.
He made his disciples active participants in this great miracle. He didn’t shove them aside with a “Watch and learn, boys.” He included his friends in his work to engage the world for good.
This shows us something about the character of God. The same God who handed the broken loaves to his friends gave Adam and Eve good work to do in a good garden. This God included Abraham and Moses in the salvation story. He looped a prostitute and a beggar into his family tree. And this same God invites us to join in.
What will you do when God hands you the broken bread?
The miracle wasn’t a snap-of-the-fingers miracle. The bread broke and the fish divided and – instead of each piece getting smaller and smaller – there was more and more and more to go around. Enough to satisfy everyone. Enough to feed an army. Enough.
Don’t ever think that your small loaf of bread and your few fish aren’t enough to make a difference. Don’t think that God wants you to sit on the sidelines forever. Passing out bread and fish may not be particularly thrilling, but to be a part of a miracle ... how special!
What has God given you to share with the world? What will happen if he multiplies that gift?