As I was reading in the Word this morning God used something to speak deeply to my heart. I want to share it with you.
What God used was the incident of Jesus feeding over 5,000 people at one time. This was truly a miracle, and at the same time was proof that our God is more than big enough to take care of us...all of us. It all started when Jesus' disciples came to Him and asked Him to send the large crowd away so they could go into the villages and towns to find food and rest. Seemingly out of nowhere Jesus says, "No, they don't need to go away. You feed them." Their response to Jesus' command was typical of any human being, but not typical of God. Still learning they said, "We have here ONLY five loaves and two fish." Notice that the disciples (like you and me so many times) focused on the insufficiency of what they had, not on what Jesus could do with what they had. This little 4-letter adverb "ONLY" blinds the disciples to Jesus' infinite potential, and gives clear sight to the smallness of what they possessed. How often do you and I do the same thing! "I would love to do this, but I am only......." "If ONLY I were younger." "If I ONLY had more." "I can give ONLY..." We need to stop allowing this tiny, 4-letter word to limit the unlimited God in our lives!
Jesus took the disciples "only" (5 loaves and 2 fish) and with His infinite abilities multiplied it greatly and fed over 5,000 folks! Miracle? Yea. But in God's eyes...simply routine! Does Jesus want to do that for you and me? Absolutely. But He needs for you to give Him your "only".
I am intrigued with how Jesus did this. (Matthew 14:19 - 20) says Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. Then He blessed them. Then He broke them. Then He gave them back to the disciples. Then the disciples gave them to the people. When it was over, verse 20 says "and they all ate and were satisfied." Is this cool or what? He took, He blessed, He broke, and He gave it back! Incredible! Think about your "only". Release it to Jesus. He will take it from you. He will bless it. He will break it (to multiply it). Then He will give it back to you in exponential amount so you can give it away to those in need. Wow!
Don't forget. Jesus works through that which seems insignificant. (See 1 Corinthians 1:27 - 29) He multiplies that which is given to Him in faith and trust. When we release our "only" to Him, will we experience the "sufficiency" of His all-sufficient grace!