“And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.”
When Jesus asked the disciples how many loaves they had, He was not interested in how many loaves anyone else had; He was only interested in what they had. The disciples had yet to learn that it was not the amount of bread that God needed, but it was the fact that what they had was all that He needed. Jesus needed the disciples to give to Him what they had before He could show them what He could do with the little that they had.
We often get focused on what we don’t have compared to everyone else instead of being focused on what God can do with what we do have. When I took over the church that I pastor, I didn’t have fancy buildings or many people to preach to, but I did have buildings, and I did have a small group of people that God could use to do something miraculous in the Oklahoma City area. What I love about what God has done through our work is that He has taken what we have given Him, and He has multiplied it far above what we could have ever imagined.
My friend, do you see the need where you are and ask the same question that the disciples asked, “From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here…?” You must understand that how you look at what you have is not how God looks at it. God sees how He can multiply the little that you have if you will trust Him enough to give it to Him so that He can multiply it. If God is going to take what you have and multiply it, there are several things you are going to have to do with the loaves that you have in your life.
First, realize that God knows what you have before He asks you to give it to Him. God knows that you may not have much, but God wants you to see that you can’t do it without Him. God will continue to let you fail on your own as long as you think you can do it. God wants you to come to the point where you realize that you can’t do anything with the loaves you have in your life without Him.
Second, stop looking at what others have, and use what you have. Just because you don’t have what others have doesn’t mean that God can’t take what you have and make it better than what others have. What we see that others have is not what they had when God asked them to give of their loaves. You don’t have to have what others have for God to bless your life miraculously; you just have to give what you have for Him to bless your life. God cannot do anything with what you have as long as you compare it to what others have.
Third, you must trust God and work with what you have for God to multiply it. God cannot bless what you have until you start working with it. Pastor, you may not have the buildings and people that others have, but work with the buildings and the people you do have and watch God use it far beyond your imagination. Believer, you may not be as talented as other believers, but God doesn’t need another’s talent in your life; He needs you to give what you have and work with it so that He can perform the miraculous through you.
My friend, God is not asking how many loaves that others have, He is asking you how many loaves you have. Stop letting how you perceive what you have to intimidate you. You will see God multiply what you have far beyond what you could ever imagine when you get a vision for what you have, trust God, and work with what you have.