Now the Jewish Feast of the Passover was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” But He was asking this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do. “Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?” “Have the people sit down,” Jesus said. Now there was plenty of grass in that place, so the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the loaves and the fish, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. – John 6:4-6,9-11 BSB
We have all been blessed by God. Everything we have is from God. Rush Limbaugh famously says that his immense talent, “is on loan from God”. That is true for each and every one of us. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (James 1:17, Psalm 24:1) God has equipped us with everything we need to do everything He created us to do! For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
Leader, God has a purpose for us, for our gifts, for our time and for HIS GLORY! God doesn’t NEED ANYBODY, and GOD WILL USE ANYBODY- if they DESIRE to be used, and LAY IT ALL AT THE CROSS!! In the synoptic Gospels we read about a widow that gave ALL SHE HAD, it was not much, only 2 mites, but history and Jesus recorded her GREAT DEED! (Mark 12:41-44 Luke 21: 1-4) The KJV translates the word for “coins” as “mites,” a term derived from the French, miete, signifying a crumb or a tiny morsel. The donation is often called “The Widow’s Mite” but she gave TWO coins, or mites! A mite was the smallest piece of money (worth about one-fifth of a cent), being the half of the farthing, which was a coin of extremely low value. She gave less than 2 pennies, but she gave ALL SHE HAD, and she was recognized by Jesus as GIVING MUCH! Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more than all the others into the treasury. For they all contributed out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:43-44)
Conduit, in America today we are wrapped up in others PRIVILEGE. We are ALL privileged. We have been given everything we have. Think about all the NBA and NFL players who are PHYSICALLY PRIVILEGED. They hit the DNA lottery, gifted with immense physical bodies and talents to use those bodies to make millions of dollars. We are all gifted differently because we are different parts of the body. See 1 Corinthians 12:14-26 where God explains the different parts of the body and how they all work together. We are called to NOT COVET, it is the 10th commandment. We are not to desire other gifts and talents, but DESIRE for GOD TO USE OUR GIFTS and TALENTS for HIS GLORY! God is looking for a return of investment (ROI) from His children! It is NOT what GOD gave you that matters- what MATTERS is are you GIVING IT ALL UP for God to use for HIS PURPOSE and FOR HIS GLORY? The young boy, like the Widow, GAVE IT ALL! He gave his 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish, she gave her last 2 pennies (mites) God gave GLORY to those 2 for all the world to notice! Today don’t focus on the size of your gift, consider the PORTION! God has blessed you with HEART, BODY and SOUL- how much are you putting in GODS HANDS to be used for HIS GLORY? “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:23) His master replied, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ (Luke 19:17) Our God is a God of RETURN! HE expects a RETURN on His investment in us, and HE WILL BE RETURNING soon! People Get your INVESTMENTS READY!