That’s what Jesus said to the disciples who had just described their quite insignificant loaves and fish to Him. (Matthew 14:13-21) Just “give Me what you have.” We all know that popular Bible story and the incredible ending. But what’s our response when God says to us, “Give Me what you have – as inadequate as you think it is.”? Do we focus on what we obviously don’t have (oh, the enemy’s voice is strong!) – or remember what we know He can do with it? (Even the disciples quickly forgot.)
I’ve fought that lie of not having or being enough for much of my life. I know what is required (or think I do), and trust me, I don’t have it. Not by a long shot. But my oh-so-patient heavenly Father keeps saying, “Just give it to Me anyway. Trust Me to work. Trust Me to accomplish what concerns you with what you have.” And the stories I could tell – of God receiving my meager offering (which He gave me to begin with) and then pouring out His grace and power to make it much more usable. The end result: more glory to Himself!
If worship is the “response of all that we are to all that God is and does” (Warren Wiersbe), then that offering of all we are includes a lot of seemingly insignificant gifts. Of spiritual gifts in 1Peter 4:11 it says, “by the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” That’s the result we should all desire: God’s strength → God’s glory.
Yes, it requires faith – and obedience. But what indescribable joy when He receives the quite meager offering and makes it, not only sufficient, but more than enough for His purposes – like the loaves and fish. It’s part of living a life of worship. “Just give Me what you have.”
What are your stories of struggle or victory when responding to God’s invitation to “just give Me what you have”?
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