How many loaves do you have?
How many loaves do you have? (Mark 8:5)
Before Jesus worked this wonderful miracle in feeding the massive crowd, He saw the opportunity to first teach us a lesson. Notice that Jesus did not ask the disciples, "How many loaves do you need?" He turned their attention from what they lacked to what they had. Jesus doesn't want us to focus on what our need is, for most of the time, we don't even know ourselves what we need.
If He had asked the disciples this question instead, I can just hear their collective response, "Oh Lord, we need thousands of loaves and fish. It's such a long journey to the nearest town, we could never collect it all and get it back here. We don't even have the money to purchase that much, if they even have that much available to buy. Not to mention, we would need a few big carts and oxen to haul it all too. It's not possible!"
When we focus on our need, how easy it is to get caught up in how difficult or impossible our situation is!
Instead, Jesus asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" And He asks us that same question today, "What do you have for Me to work with?" Don't worry about what you need. Just give Christ what you have, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, and He can multiply it into what you need, with some left over too.