Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? Eight-month salary worth of bread is not sufficient for each one to have a bite. They did not have the resources to feed the multitude. It would be impossible to buy enough bread to feed them all. If anyone knew where to buy food, it would have been Philip because his hometown was Bethsaida, nine miles away (1:44). His answer was accurate, but insufficient in getting their problems solved. The miracle resided in the hands of Jesus, not in the five loaves and two fishes.
Jesus let His inadequate disciples participate in His earthly ministry. We are all flawed, and God uses these inadequate disciples to work his work among people. We are entrusted with a divine deposit to share Christ and lead people in their walks and worship. God uses imperfect people for His perfect plan. He takes whatever we can offer him in time, ability, or resources, and multiplies its effectiveness beyond our expectations.
Our genuine service to Jesus always compels us to go down the mountain to serve those in need. The glow of being with Jesus enables us to see the woe that prompts us to go. Genuine service always results in the outward evidence of going to those people who are without Christ and therefore without hope. If you take the first step in making yourself available to God, He will show you how greatly you can be used to advance the work of His kingdom. Go follow the woe!
Question: Did Jesus ask a difficult question? What is your response?
Prayer: Father, I come to you as inadequate as I am. Turn my inadequate resources into a multitude of blessing and grant that I may be found useful in your ministry in my church and my community. Amen.