As we saw yesterday, God calls us to come alongside Him in the soul-winning process. We don’t merely watch; we actually play a vitally important part.
But what if we don’t bring much to the table from a spiritual standpoint? What if we’re not good at talking to other people, especially about our faith? What if we don’t feel comfortable in our Biblical knowledge or don’t feel we have the authority to speak to others about Christ?
Jesus doesn’t ask you to bring any more than you are. No matter how little it may appear to be, it’s more than enough.
Returning to our story, Jesus instructed the disciples to feed more than 5,000 people who’d come to see Him. But the disciples had no food or the money to fund such a feast (Mark 6:37), and all they could wrangle from the crowd were five loaves of bread and two fish. This wasn’t enough to feed themselves, much less the hungry masses.
“Bring them here to me,” Jesus said of the pieces they found.
I can only imagine the tingle that went down the disciples’ spines at these words. Jesus clearly had something big in mind. His confidence in the face of such meager supplies had to have been intriguing; what did Jesus have up His sleeve?
Jesus gave thanks to Heaven for the bread and handed it to the disciples to distribute. Not only did all the people eat to their fill, but the disciples rounded up twelve basketfuls of leftovers. The paltry beginning food supply ended up being enough to satiate a Taylor Swift concert’s worth of people.
The miracle in itself is something to behold, a fact that we’ll explore more tomorrow. But if this event doesn’t give you confidence in your ability to witness, go back and read it again.
When presented with very little, Jesus did the unthinkable. And if He can do that with a few slices of sourdough and some tilapia, think about what He can do with your gifts?!
That’s the beauty of this story: it’s not about you. It’s about Him.
He can multiply and exponentially grow your talents. He can amplify your small influence.
- Moses was terrified of public speaking (Exodus 4:10), but God empowered him to free the Israelites from Egypt.
- Jonah was a coward who God used to save the people of Nineveh (Jonah 3:10).
- Peter was a humble fisherman who became the rock upon which Jesus built His church (Matthew 16:18).
We now hold these people up as heroes of our faith, but they were really just some guys with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish.
Look what God did with them. Now imagine what He can do with you.