Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"More than Enough"

The example we are going to look at for the start of today's message can be found in three out of the four gospels but the account we are going to look at today can be found in John 6:9-11 ..."There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they among so many?" Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish as much as they wanted... I find it really cool and truly amazing that Jesus took the little bit of bread and fish the boy offered Him and it became more than enough to feed this huge crowd of people just because Jesus did a miracle with it and multiplied it!

The point being? Jesus took the little the boy gave Him to use and multiplied it until it fed thousands of people. There were those that scoffed at the boys offering because it was obviously not enough to go around, but the boy gave it anyways. Jesus took it despite words like, 'what are they among so many' and then He caused this amazingly cool miracle to take place. How about you? Do you believe He can use your gifts to do the same today? Maybe you feel like you don't have a lot to offer? Maybe you feel like you only have one talent and its not really enough to bother with? You may even be wondering what if anything you can offer up for Him to use?

Lets check out our next story from 2 Kings 5:1-18 ...Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy." ... If you were to keep reading you would see that Naaman is indeed healed by God as he heeds  the word spoken to him by the prophet. His healing took place because a little girl who had been taken captive brought something with her into captivity. She brought her faith in God and His ability to heal with her. She didn't leave it back in Israel! She not only believed it for herself but she even dared to share her belief with those that she served. She gave what she had to give, a good report about her God. She offered up her faith that God was more than able to heal Naaman and He did just that!

Maybe we don't have a lot of money or ? to give but the truth is we can do the same thing the little maid of Israel did and just like the little boy who trusted Jesus to feed the thousands with his little bit we too can trust Him to take the 'testimonies' and the 'good reports' that we have about Him and work miracles in the lives of our listeners. He will  use our faith, our good reports to touch lives if we will stop with the negative attitude of,  "What are they among so many?"  He will use our good reports if we will stop doubting and believe that with God all things are possible. In His hands a little bit will always be more than enough.

If He can use the words of a little slave girl and a little boys lunch to work miracles and touch lives He CAN an He WILL use you if you will let Him!

God Bless!!!

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