What you have sure seems like not enough, so the question becomes, what are you doing with what little you do have? Have you dismissed what’s here because it’s not all you imagine is needed?
Who are you to say how much God will require? Who are you to assume what you have won’t be enough before you even invite God to use it?
I woke up this morning with this thought. A thought of having entirely too little of what would be needed. Specifically, sleep. I got too little sleep last night to ever feel rested. Too little sleep to ever have abundant energy. Too little sleep to ever pull off being super productive today. Then I felt a ping in my spirit that was God saying, “what if it’s not enough to you, but it’s more than enough for me.”
Here’s what I realized in that moment … it’s my attitude about what little I have that is a bigger obstacle than the quantity itself. It is my perspective that limits far more than my supply.
What I could do with 5 hours of sleep is drag butt all day, focus on how sleepy I am, complain about how it isn’t enough, and feel defeated from the very beginning … OR I could opt for something different. I could take that same 5 hours of sleep that sure felt like not enough, and I could offer it to God to see what he can make of it in his hands.
What can he do with your ‘too little’ and ‘not enough’? Oh girl, he can turn it into an overwhelming abundance if you give it to him in faith!
When the disciples saw the hungry crowd gathering around Jesus, they wanted to dismiss the need. Their attitude was immediately set on not having what it would take. I bet you’ve been seeing a whole lot of this yourself. Isn’t that exactly what you’ve been seeing? You, here not having what it will take. Feeling inadequate. Feeling overwhelmed. Being stuck. So, have you dismissed the need? Dismissed the desire? Dismissed yourself? Oh, God wants to get all up in that today!!!!
Jesus never asked the disciples to bring him what was guaranteed to be enough, he simply asked them to bring him what there was. And what there was seemed grossly inadequate.
John 6: 9-13 Andrew, one of the disciples says to Jesus, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.”
This miracle delivered by Jesus first began with what there was. And what there was came no where close to being enough. It was laughable it was so little. It was only a boy with 5 small loaves of bread and 2 small fish. Notice the size is even included so it’s clear. It was SMALL bread. SMALL fish. We’re not even talking about 2 big fish, they were little.
The quantity made no difference in the hands of Jesus. All that mattered is it was placed in his hands. In his hands, this ridiculously insufficient supply became an overflowing abundance that created more left overs than there was to begin with.
But what if the boy wouldn’t have offered his little loaves of bread? What if he would have hidden his little fish, because there was no denying what he had wouldn’t even come close to feeding thousands of people. This miracle happened all because it was offered. The amount didn’t matter, the offering did.
You’re here today, believing you have too little to do what you need to do. Too little sleep. Too little energy. Too little strength. Too little money. Too little talent. Too little support. Too little patience. Too little time.
What you have doesn’t even come close to meeting the need before you. So, you’ve been holding back, assuming you’re out. Assuming you can’t. Assuming until you have more, there’s not point in even trying. But Jesus is clearly saying today, “TRUST ME WITH WHAT YOU DO HAVE AND LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I CAN DO!”
Someone has been sitting on a dream thinking they couldn’t possibly make it happen. And you’re absolutely right. With what you have right now, it won’t happen. Not in your hands. But Jesus is standing by, just waiting for you to trust him with all you have, every single bit of it, and let him work miracles in the insufficiency instead of you working your excuses.
Why are you arguing with him? You’re over here like “God, this doesn’t make sense. There’s no possible way this can work. I don’t have enough to even start.” Well, neither did the boy with his little bread and little fish. But he would have never known the miracle working power of Jesus if he wouldn’t have offered it!
Those 2 little fish would have always remained 2 little fish that would have only been a small meal for a few. Just like your little idea will always be a little idea that won’t go anywhere, if you don’t offer it to Jesus. Just like your last nerve will be your last nerve with someone getting all on it, unless you offer that last nerve to Jesus and let him multiply it with supernatural patience and peace. Just like your little bit of extra time will continually be wasted on mindless scrolling, unless you offer that little bit of time fully to Jesus and see him work in it supernaturally to create the changes in your life you didn’t think there would ever be time for. Honey, you will never know as long as you are held back in your little.
When God told me to start hosting a devotional conference call, I couldn’t imagine having something to say for more than 2 days in a row. I didn’t know how to pray. I didn’t know how to study. I didn’t know how to apply scripture. God didn’t care about the quantity, or honestly even the quality of what I had, he just wanted me to offer it to him. What you listen to today to help start your morning is the result of a girl who had way too little, but Jesus got all up in it!
I’ve seen marriages that were so broken, they were fully divorced and done. But when that last ounce of hope was given to Jesus, he renewed and restored and brought two people back together to create more than there ever had been before. It’s the miraculous power of a full surrender.
Greater than your circumstances is your attitude about your circumstances. Greater than your short supply is what you’re unwilling to do with your short supply. Greater than this overwhelming need, is the little bit you have right now to begin meeting that need. You say, “But I only have 5 dollars and 2 quarters. I only have 5 minutes and 2 seconds. I only have 5 shirts and 2 pants. I only have 5 people and 2 paychecks. What difference would that make? What I can offer is so insufficient in light of this overwhelming need.” But what could Jesus do with your 5 and 2?
He has already proven what he can do! He can feed a crowd of thousands. He can clothe an entire city. He can make major breakthroughs and changes. He can tear down walls. He can break chains. He can part seas. He can do impossible things with the exact thing you have been dismissing as too little.
What I can do today doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but why not offer it any way? Why not show up believing your little is immeasurably enormous in the hands of Jesus?
So here I am with my 5 and 2. 5 hours and about 2 minutes of sleep. It seems like not enough to have an abundance of energy to have a ridiculously productive day, but God has told me otherwise. He’s told me if I will stop focusing on the lack, and focus on giving it in faith, he will multiply it to make it MORE than meet every need for today!
What are you here thinking, “this can’t possibly be enough?”
What I can do isn’t enough to make a difference.
The energy I have isn’t enough to pull this off.
The patience I have left isn’t enough to make it through this.
The money I have isn’t enough to even get started.
The time I have won’t even come close to being enough.
Sounds like a boy with 5 small loaves of bread and 2 small fish. Ridiculously insufficient. Not any where close to being remotely realistic. But that didn’t stop Jesus, now did it?
So why would it stop Jesus for you? It won’t.
What will stop Jesus, is you. You’re stopping Jesus. You’re stopping him by not offering what little you have with an expectation that he is powerful enough to do exactly what needs to be done with it.
Offer it up. Offer your 5 and 2. Your way too little. Your not enough. Your insufficient supply. The very thing you’ve been tempted to withhold and dismiss because it doesn’t even seem worth offering … just put it in the hands of Jesus and watch him multiply it to MORE THAN ENOUGH.
The disciples gathered 12 baskets of leftovers. That’s impossible. That doesn’t make sense at all. That’s just Jesus showing off.
And guess what, Jesus wants to show off for you. Change your attitude and perspective about what you do have, offer it to him in faith, and watch him show off right in the middle of what you thought could never be enough.