Transfer It To Jesus and Watch Him Transform it By Babatunde Olugboji
As Jesus was having a discussion with His disciples (John 6) ahead of the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish, Andrew was worried about the quantity of what was available: “Here is a boy with 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9) What Andrew failed to realize was that the problem wasn’t about the size of the supplies. In things of the kingdom, it is not about size, it is about a heart that is willing to give.
Aren’t we like Andrew sometimes? My salary is small, I can’t give and offering in church; my income is not even enough for me talk less of helping my neighbor; my apartment is tiny, I can’t house that brother who got evicted because he was late on his rent, even for a few days; my car is small, there is no way I can give you a ride; I don’t have the wisdom of Solomon, how do you think I can encourage you, when I myself need encouragement.
Our Lord Jesus Christ intentionally used a small amount of food to demonstrate the point that the proper approach to what we have is to release it to the one who makes the moon reflect the sun. God is big, very big, even if your resources are not. He is the source of all resources. And that should give us the confidence to do more in terms of giving.
Jesus didn’t expect that boy to have enough to feed the large crowd, because He already knew what He was going to do, He already had a plan of multiplication (John 6:6b). All He expected that boy to do was for him to place the little he had in his hands, and leave the rest to God. Jesus is impressed with givers.
So, Jesus transformed what the boy transferred to Him. Isn’t that wonderful? It may be small, but transfer it to Him and see what He will do with it.
You can have little and it will remain little if you hold on to it. But if you give your little to God, He’ll surely multiply it, the way He multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fish.
Remember what the widow of Zarephath told Elijah when he asked her for a piece of bread? “I don’t have any bread -only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug (1 Kings 17:12). She surrendered her little flour and oil to God and God multiplied it.
But it is not just about material things, it is also about your heart. It was Brad Paisley who said: “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” And someone modified Paisley’s statement thus: “See today as day 1 of the 365-page book we all must write in the next year. It’s a must. So, try your best to write a good one.” One sure way of writing a good one is to surrender all to your Father in heaven and witness his multiple blessings upon your life.
Will you ask God this wkeek to give you the heart to be a giver so that you can be a blessing and be blessed?
Have a great week.
Kingdom Dynamics, a weekly column is written by Dr. Babatunde Olugboji, the President, Kingdom House, a non-profit organization in New Jersey, USA.