Everyone is a master chef in their own kitchen.
When a parent has the responsibility of feeding their family, it becomes irrelevant how extensive the culinary skills of the parent’s next door are, as at the end of the day, your family looks to you to give them something to eat, and not them.
In the same way, each of us are responsible to give ‘something to eat’ to the people God places around us.
The disciples came to learn this truth when they found themselves short of food in a ‘desolate place’:
‘Now [as it got late], the twelve came and said to [Jesus], “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages… to find food… for we are here in a desolate place” – Luke 9:12
In other words, the disciples were trying to send the crowds to the ‘family next door’ to be fed. But Jesus said to them, “You give them something to eat” (9:13a).
As the disciples mixed the five loaves and two fish that they had with their (limited amount of) faith, the entire crowd of 5000 people miraculously ‘ate and were satisfied’ (9:16-17)
Too often we miss the opportunities in front of us because we measure what we can offer against everyone around us. But the truth is that God hasn’t called them, you to be the Masterchef and ‘give them something to eat’.