Updated: Apr 29
John 6:1-6 (NIV)
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Time after time we are pulled so many different ways and there is so much that is required of us. We have to be there for our children, our wife, our husband, our boss, our pastor, our family, our friends, etc. But the fact is we are limited. We are limited in our knowledge, resources, strength, etc. We cannot be everything for everybody. When we think we can be “omnipresent” (being present every place at the same time we are headed for burn out, depression, being overwhelmed, etc. Tonight we are going to learn that God needs small things to do something big!!
Small means when the demand is greater than what you can supply.
Two areas where we must remain “small”
#1. We have to be honest with our “NOT ENOUGH” so God can do in our lives, “MORE THAN ENOUGH”!
When we come to our end it now starts God’s beginning.
2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV
5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
John 6:7 (NIV)
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
#2. Remain humble so God can exalt you
Humility is the platform God uses to remind you HE is with you.
James 4:10 AMPC
10 Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].
There are four things God needs in order to do something “Big in our lives”.
John 6:10-11 NIV
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
We must “sit down”
Luke 10:39 (NIV ) She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
Put it in HIS hands
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Psalm 69:30 (NIV) I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”
When you allow God’s big to get into your little situation the return is so great you will have left overs!