2 Corinthians 12:9-10 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God is often times most gloriried not in our strengths but in our weaknesses and limitations. The distance between our limitations and the right desire to serve God in some way or do something he has called us to do may be wide and far but the bigger the gap the greater his power has a chance to overcome that.
In Matthew 14:13-21, we see this play out. (When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.)
1.) Jesus sees the large group of people’s need.
2.) Jesus has compassion.
3.) Jesus tell’s the disciples to feed the people.
4.) There is a problem, all the disciples brought was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and the crowd is massive, there are 5000 men and this does not include women and children.
5.) Jesus asks for what the disciples have, the disciples obey Jesus and do what he has asked.
6.) Jesus then gives God thanks.
7.) Jesus then gives back what the disciples gave him.
8.) The entire crowd get’s fed and even more then that there is food left over after. It is indeed a miracle.
Conclusion: When God calls us to obey we must not say we are lacking or inadequate. Yes we may be lacking and inadequate but was that not also true with the disciples in the above passage. Who was the one who multiplied the food and performed the miracle? Surely not the disciples? However, they did do what was required on their part, they obeyed Jesus by following his directions. We cannot do the miracle, God does that but often times he requires us to obey in faith and that is His means that He works miracles.