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Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough?
Maybe you are involved in doing something and then you see someone else doing something similar and they’re quite a lot better at it than you are – and you begin to think you should quit? This can happen to us in so many areas – even on our volunteer teams.
And yet, we know that God doesn’t choose only those who excel to be useful in His Kingdom.
I was reading, the other day, in Matthew 14 – about the feeding of the big crowd with a boy’s small lunch of loaves and fish. The sub-story that I imagine in that passage intrigues me. It might be nothing but my imagination (let’s be clear, it’s not part of what is recorded) but I find it really hard to believe that in a crowd that size nobody else had food with them!
My guess… my guess is that quite possibly many of them had a little something along to eat, but they didn’t offer it.
Stop for a minute and think of yourself as one of those people, looking in your dusty twist of cloth at your little bits of food and it’s not hard to imagine the emotions, the conversation in your head: what you have is useless against the need; it would be embarassing to take that pathetic bit to Jesus, and so on…
And yet Jesus reminds us in this story that He’s not looking for us to bring excellence, nor is He looking for us to worry if what we bring is enough to meet the need…
What He is asking us to give what we have – to give our prayers that aren’t eloquent, our voices that crack when we sing the high notes, our struggle to communicate in words what is in our hearts, or our lack of “the right thing to say” when we sit side by side with someone who pours out their need.
That’s what He is asking for.
He is just asking us to give what we have.
You are enough. You have everything you need.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (MEV) But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Micah 6:8 (NASB) He has told you… what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NASB) Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.