Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our Chronic Lack Of Resources

"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. Matthew 14.17

One of the enemy’s most successful attacks on a Christian’s call to service is to point out the lack of resources on their part. It seems that every need, every task, every act of service is far bigger than we are. Certainly this was true with the disciples of Jesus here in this account by Matthew. There are five thousand men present who have followed Jesus to this remote, lonely place. He has healed their sick but now it is supper time and the disciples advise Him to "send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food (v.15)."

This is a logical human position. It makes sense, right? It is probably what any of us would have recommended. But Jesus had other plans. He said to the disciples, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat (v.16)." Understandably, they point out their stunning lack of ability to provide for such a large crowd.

What they had to offer towards meeting that need was ludicrous. But that never stymied or puzzled the Lord. He took what they had and it was enough to meet the need! They could have kept those few measly fish and loaves thinking, "Why bother mentioning these to Him. They aren’t even close to enough!" But they brought what they had to Jesus. Without their obedience nothing would have been available for the Lord to use to meet the great needs of the crowd that evening.

How many times has He needed you and what you think are meager, sparse resources to meet needs around you? How many times have you held back? Maybe out of embarrassment. There are so many others with more ability more money more talent so you think, "They don’t need me!" Never, never, my beloved, should we think that what we have to offer is not enough. In His hands anything you have can make a difference and meet needs more immense than you could ever imagine. 

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