We have here only five loaves and two fish.
I am including a long passage of scripture this week with a short message from me; but this devotional contains a very important insight for you. First, let’s read the Word together.
Jesus withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.
I want you to focus your attention on one word—the word only. So many times I have come to Jesus when He asked me to do something and said, “I would be glad to, only,” and then I offer my excuses. “I am so busy. I just simply don’t have enough time. Or, I don’t have the skill, Or right words. Or the energy. Or the desire. Or, I am already doing ministry.” I’ll bet you could fill in the excuse line. You have said these words to Jesus. “I would, but I only.” Friends, don’t lose sight of what Jesus can do with your only. He took five loaves and two fish and fed 5000 people. Jesus can take our only and bless it, multiply it, and use our gifts in ways we never thought possibly. He tells us, “think bigger. Come to me, present your only and look what we can accomplish together.”
Are you willing to drop the word only from your vocabulary? Imagine the impossible becoming possible. With Jesus, all things are possible, only believe.
My only is enough in the right hands. Linda