The account of the feeding of the five thousand in Matthew 14:13-21 brings forth many instructive lessons concerning how we should live in dependence on our Lord. The issue I want to focus on here is that of serving others first. Let us pick up the passage with the five loaves of bread and two fishes provided by the Lord and the people sat down. Hence we read:-
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 (Matt. 14:19-21).
Note that the Lord gave to the disciples and then the disciples gave to the people. The disciples didn’t say: “let’s’ take our share first.” No! They passed it on straightaway. They put the needs of others before their own. No doubt they were hungry, but the blessing of others came first. It is then noteworthy to observe that after all the multitude had had their needs satisfied the disciples were able to pick-up the leftover fragments. And there was a basket for each of them. How beautiful that is! When we put others first we never miss out on the blessing.
Moreover we observe that there was in the disciples actions an implicit obedience to the Word of the Lord. You give them something to eat (Matt. 14:16b). The Lord always blesses our obedience to His Word.
Simply we learn then that our Lord delights to bless His people. He delights to bless us when we obey Him and put the needs of others first.