Count Nothing as too Insignificant for God

April 20, 2016

Count Nothing as too Insignificant for God

Matthew 4:15-21

And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

I was pondering the story of the feeding of the multitude and how Jesus told his disciples, “you give them to eat.”  What happens to us when we receive a word from God to do something that is seemingly impossible to us? We have no clue about how we could do it, but all we can think of is to find out what resources we have to work with.  That is what the disciples did.  All they could find is one little boy with a lunch of five loaves and two fishes.  Now what if that little boy had taken the attitude when the disciples told Jesus, “ all we have is five loaves and two fishes,”and the little boy said,  “what is this we”?  “Do you have a mouse in your pocket?  This is my lunch; these people should have come better prepared.  They aren’t my problem.  I’m not giving up my lunch to try and feed all of them.”  We never even hear that it was a concern or reservation on the little boy’s part.  He, in child-like faith, gave all that he had at the request of Jesus.  It is hard for me and probably others of us as well to sometimes be willing to let go of what we have for a greater good.  We think, “what difference is my little bit going to make.  Besides I worked hard for it and if I give it up there may not be enough.”  What do we do when God asks us to do the impossible?  Are we willing to give up the little that we have to trust Him for a greater increase or will we hold tightly to the little?  Every step of faith that we take demands that we step out of our security and comfort zone to believe for something more than we can see or that we have yet experienced.  

When God sent Elijah to the widow’s home as she was fixing her last cake to feed her and her son before they died, what did Elijah ask her?  1 Kings 17:10-15 gives this account, “Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” 

12 “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’ ” 

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.”  When God ask us for our little insignificant something, even though it is significant to us, be willing to open your hand and trust with your heart.  We have to be willing to place something into the Lord’s hand for Him to be able to bless it and give it the increase.  

Let’s be honest, it is hard for us to give up our security, but then it is all His to begin with.  If we are truly giving our utmost of His highest then it will start with the little things.  The things we are clenching tightly in our fists. What you consider as small and inconsequential to God may be the key you are holding to unlock the richness of His blessing, but we have to take it out of our hand and put that key in the door.  Some of us are struggling with releasing what we consider ours.  Give wherever God tells you to give and release whatever He asks you to let go of.  That five little loaves and two fishes might be what feeds a multitude and you won’t go hungry in the process.  The Lord is not looking for what you can produce in your strength, but what you will trust Him to produce through your obedience, trust and willingness to give.  

Blessings,

#kent

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