As a new believer or even as a seasoned Christian, have you ever felt inadequate to do the things that God has called you to do? I have. “Lord, can you really use me?” At times my gifts seem so small and insignificant. Then the Lord spoke to me as I was reading a story out of the Bible from Matthew.
It’s found in Matthew 14:15-21. It was getting late as Jesus was preaching on the mountain. The disciples basically said, “look Jesus, it’s getting late. Lets send these people away so they can go out to dinner” (obviously I’m using a little freedom here with the scriptures). And in verse 16 Jesus replies, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” Possibly at this point the disciples might be thinking, “umm…Lord, is there some hidden food we don’t know about?” The disciples replied in verse 17- “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. V.18-21- “Bring them here to me”, he said. And he directed them to sit down on the grass. 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.
Something that I learned as I studied these verses. It was a little boy who had the loaves of bread. I’m sure as the disciples walked around asking who had food, he might have even felt a little embarrassed offering up his little basket. But here’s what we learn from this story- God will use the little that you have, no matter how insignificant you think it is. Give it to God, and He will not only bless it but multiply it.
Lord, Help us in times when we are feeling inadequate or not enough. Help us to be like that little boy and say, I know its not much, but its all I’ve got. Remind us that its nothing that we can do in our own strength. But only when we lift it up to You, that You can bless it and cause it to multiply.