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Give what you have to Jesus

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | May 24, 2023 | Matthew 15:34-39

KEY VERSE:

Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. Matthew 15:36


MESSAGE:

The world is full of needs. Governments and states have needs. Individuals and organizations have needs. Denominations and local churches also have needs. God uses His people's generosity to supply other people's needs. Whenever we give what we have to the Lord, He blesses and multiplies it to supply some needs. Jesus had already fed more than 5,000 people (Matt. 14:13–21), with five loaves of bread and two fish. Here in a similar situation, the disciples again complained about how to get enough food to feed 4,000 men besides women and children. Like the disciples, we often forget that if God cared for us in the past, He would do the same now. Remember how God cared for you when facing a difficult situation and trust Him to work faithfully again.


The disciples’ limited resources of seven loaves of bread and a few fish highlight the human inadequacy in meeting overwhelming needs. It underscores the truth that we often face situations where our resources and abilities fall short, which is a reminder that our sufficiency comes from Christ alone. The disciples brought the loaves and fish to Jesus, acknowledging His authority and power to transform their meagre offering into something significant. Jesus took the limited provision, blessed it, and broke it before giving it back to the disciples to distribute. The disciples’ act of bringing the meagre provision to Jesus reveals their trust and obedience to His instructions. They didn’t hold back or doubt the outcome but willingly gave what they had. The miracle of multiplication highlights God’s abundant provision when we surrender our limited resources to Him. The abundance resulting from the multiplication of the loaves and fish allowed all the 4,000 people to eat to their satisfaction with leftovers.


FEET AND HAND OF MESSAGE:

What do you have, and what will you give to Jesus? Give your life to Jesus and He will bless it, keep it, and enrich it for you (John 10:10). Surrender your time, and all that you are and have to Him, believing that He can use it for His glory and the benefit of others. God can accomplish immeasurably more with your little when you surrender it to Him. As you give the little you have to Jesus, you can expect His miraculous multiplication and experience His abundant provision in your life.


PRAYER:

Lord Jesus, I humbly come to you today, surrendering my life, all I am, and all I have into your loving hands. I acknowledge that in my strength, I am limited but I believe in your power to work miracles and multiply what I give offer to you. Help me to surrender my resources, talents, and abilities, knowing that you can take my little and turn it into something extraordinary. Thank you for answering me for your dear name’s sake. Amen!


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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