“Go See What Is Available”

Mark 6: 34-38 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

Jesus already knew what He had to work with—five little barley loaves and two small fish. However, what he was verifying was the “Who” He had to work with. His disciples were concerned about the people and their hunger, while Jesus was more interested in proving the disciples’ willingness to present what was available to their Lord. It turned out that Phillip did not even consider the little lunch they found available to be worthwhile, but Andrew anticipated the thought of Jesus doing a lot with just a little.

The boy was from a poor family because the loaves were made of paltry barley and the fish were probably the size and variety of smoked sardines. Nonetheless, Andrew approached him about his meager lunch, the small amount that would feed over five thousand people. Andrew didn’t search through the multitude to find the biggest bounty; Jesus had said, “Go see what is Available,” and what he found was that scanty amount.

The Scripture is silent on how Andrew may have asked for the meal, but I do not believe the boy hesitated when he was approached. I believe he was overjoyed with the prospect of Jesus needing his food. I believe that not only did the child make his lunch available; he also made his life available. He may have said, “Yes sir, the Master may have my food, in fact, the Master may have all of me to use any way He desires.” Jesus saw fit to take, pray and break that humble offering and feed the entire mass of men, women and children.

Wouldn’t it be great to think that the twelve baskets of leftovers gathered by the disciples actually became a processional that followed the child though the streets of his village? What if they stopped in front of his house with the baskets filled with fish and bread and watched him as he invited everyone in his neighborhood to come and dine on the “All you can eat Free Buffet,” compliments of Jesus.

Jesus is still telling His disciples to “Go and see what is Available.” So, if you’re approached and asked to give what you have for the cause of Christ, you may just be the next little child of God that witnesses yet another miracle for the multitudes because you made what you had available.

  Pastor Hal Steenson

4 thoughts on ““Go See What Is Available”

  1. Jesus could have rained down manna, but he used what was at hand. For the disciples, this had to of verify their faith in the Lord.
    I wonder if it was my young son who was with me on that hill and I found out that he’d given away our lunch! “What good will that do?” I might ask the kid, “And now what are we going to eat?” I might even add, “How could you be so careless!” These bible stories so expand our universe, beyond our little corners..

  2. Hi Hal,
    There are to many who feel that because of the economy, because they live on unemployment, they cannot give to the cause of Christ, for if they did, they’re afraid there would not be enough for themselves and their families. The disciples were also there all day into the evening, and they to were hungry, knowing there was no food. But they faithfully did what He asked and brought back the boy’s paltry lunch that he willing gave when asked. A little was given, and Jesus multiplied it and fed thousands. He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out such a blessing that there was no room for this faithful little boy to receive it, so once again, he had loaves and fishes to share. If we give the little we have, for the cause of Christ, He will multiply the little and make sure the many who still need to hear His word, will. He also will make sure that because we were faithful to what He has asked of us, we will have enough for ourselves, plus much left over to keep on giving until the whole world knows!!
    With His Love, and mine,

  3. Thought provoking comments on a well known story in the Bible that makes you look at how you react to different situations you are in.
    Thanks, Norma Wellman

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