This post by Heather Cofer is full of truth and beauty. May it draw you closer to Jesus today!
I can see him, the boy standing amidst the thousands of people who came to hear Jesus that day on the mountainside; looking down at the lunch he had brought for himself, then lifting his eyes to the throng of people surrounding him who didn’t have anything. What could this little offering of five loaves and two fish do, he may have wondered? But rather than resigning himself to that thought, he gathered his loaves and fishes and took them to Jesus. And I’m sure nothing could have prepared him for just how far-reaching his seemingly small step of obedience would be in the hands of the Creator of the Universe.
So often I have felt like that boy with his loaves and fishes. I see the needs around me, but I see how limited my ability is to be able to meet them. Even when opportunities arise when I know God is asking me to give of my time, energy, or resources, I feel my weakness so keenly. But He has shown me time and time again that He is the God of the impossible, and that He never asks something of me that He will not abundantly and supernaturally provide the grace for. And then, He expands them beyond what I ever thought possible.
But it starts with obedience. He has designed it that we – weak, frail, sinful vessels – are the ones that will display His power, beauty, love, and goodness to this world. He doesn’t require strength or perfection. He simply requires a willingness to be used for His perfect plan.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t give into the temptation to think, “I can’t make nearly the impact they are.” What matters is that we are being obedient with the little (or much) we have been given. God gives different tasks to different people, and uses each of us for a unique purpose.
He’s given each of us three different areas in our lives that we can give of: time, energy, and resources. They are each limited, and can be used for either selfish purposes or to love and serve those around us. We are each responsible to seek the Lord for how He desires for these three areas of our lives are to be used. We may have more of one or two than the other. But no matter what we offer, He can use our obedience to bless others in deeply impacting ways.
Whatever your five loaves and two fish might be, don’t hesitate to offer them to Jesus in loving obedience. You may not know how He can use them, and you may never see the full extent of how He does use them this side of heaven. But you can be sure that it will matter for eternity.
Heather Cofer is a wife and mother with a passion for encouraging others to love Jesus with all their hearts. This comes through writing, leading worship, and being actively involved in life-on-life discipleship alongside her husband, Judah, who is one of the pastors at their church. She is also a regular contributor for the ministry of Set Apart Girl, as well as a guest contributor to several other websites.
Heather loves spending her days with their three young children (and one on the way), enjoying quality time with Judah, and having conversations over cups coffee with friends.
Heather is a (Canada born) Colorado native, but spent most of her childhood in the country of Mongolia where her family served as missionaries. This is also where she and Judah met after his family moved there several years later. After getting married in 2011, they moved to Northern Colorado, and have been there ever since.