There are many days that I come to offer myself to God, and wonder, “How could He do anything with this pitiful offering?” I see people all around me who have more talent than me. I see people with far more finances than me. I see people with far more intelligence than me. When compared with the great needs that are represented all around me, I have so little to offer … and yet, I do have something. This thought brings me to one of my favorite stories in the Bible. In John 6, Jesus had been teaching 5,000 men and their families and it came time to eat. He asked Philip to count the cost to feed the group. Philip came up with a figure of 200 days pay, and added that that would probably not be sufficient to feed them all. While Philip was busy with his calculator, Andrew found a lad … just a boy … who had a lunch enough for him to eat that day … five loaves and two “small” fishes.
Andrew asked the question that I have asked so many times when coming to offer myself to God for His service: “… but what are these among so many” (John 6:9)? How is it possible for five loaves and two “small” fishes to feed 5,000 people? How could the tiny gifts I offer to God make any kind of eternal difference in the life of anyone? How could my service that is unnoticed by the crowd make any difference for eternity? How could my quiet time in the Word of God impact anyone else’s life? How could my small offering help to keep missionaries on the field? How …?
The answer to these questions is found in verse 11 … “And Jesus took the loaves …” (John 6:11). I hope you can see this truth clearly shown in this story today. The value of the object that is placed in the hand of the Savior is not important. The amount of the object placed in the hand of the Savior is not important. The importance comes when Jesus touches what we give Him! You see, that little boy could never feed 5,000 people with his lunch; at least not in a way that would satisfy them. Jesus not only fed these 5,000 men and their families, but had twelve baskets left over after everyone had eaten to the full!
Have you been hesitant to bring your “small” gift to Jesus? What are you waiting for? This same Jesus has the same power available today that He did in John 6. If He could use a simple tuna fish sandwich to feed 5,000 men and their families, I am certain He can use whatever you can place in His control. Don’t let your inabilities limit your view of God’s abilities! Trust Him today, and enjoy what He does with you.
“The best way to limit your ministry is to try to do everything yourself.”