Sunday, October 09, 2005

What Andrew Did

Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" (John 6:8-9)

The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand has become one of my favorites—not because of the great miracle of Jesus multiplying the food, or even the fact that there was food left over. What I love in this story is what Andrew did.

There, on the side of a mountain, Jesus and the disciples needed food to feed a multitude. And Andrew saw a boy—and brought him to Jesus.

The hidden gem here, I believe, is the fact that Andrew realized it wasn’t just an adult that could make a difference. He saw a small gift in a child and then made an attempt to put that child in a place of having an encounter with Jesus, even though he wasn’t sure what would happen. But it paid off. That boy’s little gift made a big difference that affected thousands.

I love that story because it challenges me. What am I doing to prioritize young people? Am I willing to see their gifts? Will my writing put them in a place of having an encounter with Jesus? I certainly pray so…because only then will the world be blessed.

Christopher Maselli

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