Often, in this world of vast wisdom and knowledge, I feel that my contribution is insignificant. Really, what can I offer that would make a difference to anyone? According to John 6, this is not an acceptable conclusion for a Christian to draw. Check out the situation:
Five thousand hungry people and no McDonald’s in sight. It’s the disciples’ responsibility, apparently, to think of a way to feed the crowds. We focus first on Phillip. His response is practical. “There is no way we an possibly feed this crowd, not even if we had some cash on us, which we don’t.”
Another disciple makes his way quietly to Jesus. We almost miss him. He has something in his hands. “Umm, I know it’s not much, Master, but I’ve found some bread and a coupla fish.” Without further comment, he hands them to Jesus and steps back expectantly. He’s just contributed to a miracle.
The difference between the two men? Faith. They’ve both been with Jesus, but Andrew has been learning, growing. He gathers up what is in significant to anyone else and offers it to the Lord. Jesus uses his offering, and Andrew’s faith is catapulted to the next level. He guesses that the Master is not limited as he himself is, and thousands are blessed.