“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?”
The shortsightedness of God’s people of what He can do is only a result of their lack of knowledge of who He truly is; the omnipotent God. If you realized the power of your God, you would never look at anything as impossible with Him.
Several years ago, I learned this valuable truth the hard way. I entered a church where I was going to preach that night, and there was a young man who had a severe stuttering problem. After he stuttered through his welcoming me to the church, I wondered in myself how much God could use this young man. Right before the message, this young man stood up to sing, and when he sang, his stuttering stopped. This young man had a wonderful voice, and as long as he used it for God, he could be used mightily of God. What I learned that night was that it wasn’t the quality of what we have that matters to God, but it’s what we have in the hand of God that He takes and uses mightily.
The disciples also learned this truth the hard way. Jesus had five thousand people who needed to be fed, and He asked the disciples if they had any bread to feed these people. Their answer was that they had “five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” My friend, those five barley loaves and two small fishes were the tool Christ used to feed many.
Let me ask you, what do you have that you consider insufficient for God to use? Maybe you have wasted your life in sin and think that what you have leftover is not sufficient for God. Maybe you see a perceived weakness in your makeup that you believe is too big of a hindrance for God to use. Maybe what you have in life seems to be too small for God to be able to use. Let me give you a couple of thoughts about whatever it is that you consider not enough.
First, it is not about what you have, but Who you have in your life that can take what you have and make it into something great. You are looking at your insufficiencies the wrong way. Instead of looking at what you have, you need to switch your focus to the omnipotent God who lives in your heart. When your focus is on God’s omnipotence, there is nothing that you have that is too little for God to use.
Second, giving what you have to God is what allows Him to multiply it. This comes back to the giving principle: “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” (Luke 6:38) God’s not concerned with the quality of what you have, but with your willingness to give it to Him to use. What you consider insufficient is what He considers a mighty tool to show His omnipotence. You may think you don’t have much life to give back to God, but He can take the life you have and make it more than what you could ever imagine. You may think that your talents are not enough for God to use, but God is not looking for your talents; He is looking for you to give what you have so that He can multiply it. What you will find is when you give what you have to God that He will multiply it far beyond your imagination.
Let me encourage you to stop sitting because of your insufficiencies. God knows what you have, and He knows how greatly He can use it if you will simply give what you have to Him. You are God’s tool; don’t waste His power because of your unbelief.