“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked them.
“Seven,” they said, “and a few small fish.”-Matthew 15:34(HCSB)
What do you have in your possession? What are your gifts? What are your abilities? What is your unique skill? On this day I would like to encourage you by letting you know that whatever you are willing to place in the hand of the Lord, he will use it to be a blessing to others in ways that will offer hope, encouragement and refreshment.
So many struggle with thoughts of inferiority and insignificance and think that they have nothing to offer, but the one who completely surrenders to God will find that they have everything to offer simply because Christ is in them. As we begin to live with the understanding that we live in partnership with God we will begin to seek opportunities to serve God by using what he placed within us to serve and to bless. In Matthew 15 we see that there is a great need that arises during a time of ministry with his disciples and the disciples are unable to see that God wants to show off by meeting great needs with the little that they have in their hands. I wish that they were still so amped up on faith that they shouted, “Hey Jesus! Let take lunch for 12 and feed over 4,000.” However, the size of the need eclipsed their faith and caused them to have a “duh” moment. Thank God Jesus was always ready for action.
Today, come to the realization that in Christ you have something to offer the world. In Colossians 1:27 Paul teaches, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Begin to declare, “As joint-heir with Christ I am able to access heaven’s riches and provide solutions to the problems around me. The greater the need, the greater the opportunity for God’s glory to be put on display. Healing will begin to break out everywhere that I go. The spirit of poverty will loose its stronghold over my city and deliverance will come to many. I am on a mission for Christ and I’m empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish the mission.”