Little Into A Lot

loaves-and-fishes-story“When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” (Matthew 14:15-18)

Years ago a popular entertainer spent time in Africa during a severe famine. Coming home he found himself asking God, “How can You sit by and let these awful things happen? Why don’t You do something?” He then shared that, as clear as a bell, the Lord spoke the words  right back to him, “Why don’t you do something?”

The Lord is always saying to us: “You give them something to eat.” And all to often our response is we only have a few loaves and a couple fish. What we have is too little while what is needed is too great. And we are spot on right about that. But He says, “Bring your little here to Me.” We serve a big God. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) He takes our widow’s two mites (Mark 12:41-44) and turns them into bricks of gold.

We can indeed marvel at His multiplication skills feeding the five thousand, including having leftovers, yet to me, the most exciting aspect of all is that whatever we have to offer a song, a word, a Bible, a tract, a note, a smile, a prayer, even a blog our small pittances, our little, becomes a lot in His hands. Most often we have no idea of what our two mites accomplish. Many of you may be familiar with Ray Boltz’s song “Thank You” recorded back in 1995. In the song a man walks through heaven and is overwhelmed by people coming to him, thanking him for all he did on their behalf. He had no idea the little things he had done for God in his life were being multiplied many times over in the Savior’s hands.

The world is big; the needs are even bigger. The Lord tells us to meet the needs. We stand bewildered with a loaf, a fish, a song, a prayer, a testimony, a little of this, of that. “I have only…” we respond. “Bring them here to Me,” He says. And lo and behold He takes them and makes our little into a lot. What an Awesome God we serve!

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