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Feeding 5000 People

Weekly Devotionals

Feeding 5000 People

Matthew 14:13-21 

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed the sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.


In today’s society, we work to make more money and influence so that we can be served. The more money we have, the more service that we are going to get wherever we go. We all have an expectation about how we are going to be served when we go to cheap restaurants or expensive restaurants. People work hard to be able to not only pay for their bills but to be served in various settings. We are living in this consummation-centered lifestyle where we make money to spend. However, what we all know is that if our life is all about taking care of oneself, it is not a rewarding and happy life. We never want to be remembered when we die as someone who was served greatly yet we want our legacy is about sacrifice, selflessness, and honorable work.

When we look at Jesus’ life, He was all about giving. He had power and authority like no one else yet He shared what He had. In this passage, we see how Jesus multiplied food and gave it away to all these people. He used His influence and privilege to serve others. The book of Matthew tells us that “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.“ (Matt 20:28) He truly showed us how to live a life worthy of calling from God.

As we continue to live daily life working and studying, let us remember how Jesus lived His life so that we can follow. We must spend time thinking and dreaming about how to serve others with the influence and privileges that we have or we will have. Let us not be satisfied with our own comforts and blessings but open our eyes to be able to see how we can participate in feeding 5000 people. Some take all in for themselves. Jesus fed 5000. Of course, He fed and did more than that but in the story we see, He didn’t keep things for Himself. This is my prayer for all of us to keep being faithful in what we do every day and use the blessings that we get from it for the Kingdom of God.