"Where can we buy enough bread to feed all these people?" Jesus question to the disciples is a question we should be perpetually asking ourselves. Teaching people the gospel of Jesus is incomplete unless we are looking toward their physical needs as well. What are some basic needs you see around you that Jesus wants you to see and to help meet?
What was the test that Jesus was using on Philip (vs. 5)? From their responses, what grades would you give Philip and Andrew? How are you like Philip and Andrew--failing to remember something about Jesus when you face a difficult situation?
Five loaves and two fish. The thought of even bringing up these paltry supplies to Jesus must have felt embarrassing, to say the least. Yet, in the end, a little boy's supplies are all that's needed to feed the crowd of 5000 or more. When has God stretched your limited resources (physically or emotionally) far beyond what you could have imagined? In what way do you need to trust him to do so now?
- In the end, there was not only enough for the crowd but 12 baskets of leftovers. When we share what we have, all the we have, Jesus takes care of us, and more. What might be God calling you to share of yourself that seems like a paltry amount compared to the need?
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