Have you ever felt insignificant? You look at the problems around you and think, “What can I do? I don’t have the resources, the talent, the education, the training to tackle such an overwhelming situation. This problem is way beyond my pay grade.”
One day a large crowd had gathered from all over the region to hear this new teacher in town. They had traveled from afar, bringing their sick, their hurting with them. The teacher looked upon the crowd of over 5000 and had compassion upon them, for they were weary. He asked His trainees, “How can we feed this crowd?”
One checked thier bank account and said, “Our funds are insufficient to purchase enough food.” His trainees, look inward for ways to solve this difficult math problem their teacher had presented – How do you feed 5000 people with limited resources. Finally one of trainees said, “All we have is a child’s lunch – 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. But alas, that is insignificant.”
I wonder if the other trainees laughed at their friend when he made such a foolish suggestion? I wonder if they shook their heads in derision and thought, “Man, how is that measly meal going to even put a dent in feeding all these people. Why even mention it?”
But the teacher did not laugh. The teacher took what appeared to be insignificant and added the resources of heaven. Now what was once insignificant has become more than enough. Every person ate until their heart’s were content. That insignificant meal allowed every person to be completely satisfied. This miracle occurred because someone offered an insignificant offering.
Is the task before you daunting? Do you feel as if you are being asked to feed thousands with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish? Your offering, your contribution may seem insignificant but when combined with God’s resources, it becomes more than enough.
The Holy Spirit is teaching me this lesson: Give what I got and let Him do the rest. I am not to compare my offering to the size of my problem (that’s when I get overwhelmed and inactive). I give my offering and let God add His faithfulness, His goodness, His majesty, His resources to it. Now my problems pale in comparison to my offering a combined with the resources of Heaven.
You are not insignificant my friend. You and God can change the world. Give what you got and let God do the rest.
“There is a little boy here, who has [with him] five barley loaves, and two small fish; but what are they among so many people?”
John 6:9 AMPC