Do you ever feel pressured to do it all? Be the perfect wife, mom, coworker, co-op leader, neighbor, and church girl? Here’s the truth about having it all together…. (You can watch the video above or keep reading for the written post.)
Not too long ago, I discovered a fascinating and beautiful truth in Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand.
You might be familiar with the story: Jesus was followed by 5,000 men (plus women and children) who were hanging on His every word, but at the end of the day, they were all hungry. But this time, as I read through it with our Simply Bible John study, it was in the smaller details that stood out to me.
Jesus knows the need is huge. But He still asks,
“Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” (John 6:35)
The disciples feel the pressure. They know they do not have enough to give each person even just a small bite. It’s a pivotal moment, the moment they realize they will not be able to meet this need.
Maybe they even felt like they’re disappointing Jesus?
But, despite the need, someone in the crowd comes forward and offers their meager five loaves and two fish. “This, Jesus,” they say, “this is all we have.”
And here’s the miracle: Jesus takes what the little they have and multiplies it beyond what they can imagine
Jesus calls for the loaves and fish, He prays over it, and then He multiples it. But, the miracle is not just that He multiplies it, it says they had:
“… as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.'”
He took the little that wouldn’t have been enough, fed everyone their fill, AND created enough for leftovers. Jesus goes above and beyond. He does more than we could ever ask for or imagine.
It is here in this miracle that we discover the liberating truth about having it all together: We DON’T HAVE TO have it all together!
In fact, God doesn’t expect us to. It’s in our neediness, our weakness, our limitations that He displays His power.
All Jesus asks is, “What do you have?”
Don’t underestimate what God can do when you give Him the little you have and surrender it to Him. He specializes in surprising us, so that we’ll never take the credit ourselves, and always give all glory to Him.
Spend some time with Jesus today in John 6, re-reading this familiar story, and ask yourself: “What meager offering can I bring to Jesus today?”
Maybe it’s your time, your relationships, or even your finances.
Whatever it is, give it ALL to Jesus. And then watch Him as He takes the little you offer and uses it in mighty ways for His Kingdom and His glory.
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