A Little Boy's Lunch
By Sherry Andrew
Loaves & Fishes - John 6:5-9
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!" Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" NIV
Have you ever thought about the little boy who gave his lunch to Jesus? He had to have been just as hungry as the crowds of people and the disciples. I am sure his mother had lovingly packed it for him out of concern for her child. Yet, on that hot and dusty day, he willingly and kindly gave it to Jesus. He had no way of knowing whether or not he would be going home hungry that night. However, it was a simple, small act of kindness that made an enormous difference to over 5000 hungry people. I sincerely hope that he got to take some of the left over’s home with him. If he did, he must have had a very surprised mother. I am curious; did the people know where the food had come from? Did they thank him? One thing is certain, Jesus knew.
What an amazing lesson this should be for us. Any act of kindness we do out of faith will be rewarded beyond anything we can imagine.