How can a five loaves of bread and two fish feed 5000 people?Before You Listen
Theme: Serving Others - Jesus the Savior
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
A: True, because they knew they could never find enough food to feed them.
Jesus had compassion for people. He felt sad when they were sick, and he healed them. When they were worried, he calmed the storm. When they were hungry, he fed them. What does it mean to have compassion? It means to want to help someone who is hurting or in distress.
When Jesus saw that the crowd was hungry, he didn’t just feel bad for them. He took action to help them. He received the humble gift given by the boy and miraculously turned those small loaves and fish into enough food for thousands!
God will bless your small acts of compassion when you take your gifts and use them to serve others. How can you act compassionately this week?
You can also read about how Jesus fed the crowd with just two fish and five loaves in Matthew 14:13-21. Want to dig deeper and learn more about serving others? Check out Hebrews 6:10, Mark 10:45, and Colossians 3:23.
Play “Serving Others” Bingo! First, make a grid that has 25 squares (5 x 5). In each square, write an idea of how you can serve someone. Here are some examples to get you started: walk the dog, set the table, clear the table, empty the dishwasher, use my manners, read to my sibling, play cooperatively, fold my laundry, write to missionaries, watch my younger sibling, listen, pick up something someone has dropped, or make someone else’s bed. Ask an adult for more ideas if you get stuck. Each time you find a way to serve someone this week, cross off that square on your bingo card. Can you make a line on your BINGO card before the week is over? Perhaps you could even fill the whole card!