Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Little Is A Lot In the Hands of God


Matthew 14:19-21 "And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children."

Of all the miracles of Jesus, this is the only one recorded in all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). And what a miracle it was. There were thousands that had followed Jesus to hear what he had to say, and it was then time to eat...but nothing to eat except 2 little fish and 5 loaves of bread. To any of us holding this meager meal, one would look at it and suppose an impossible situation. But in the hands of Jesus, the impossible becomes possible, the hopeless becomes miraculous, the natural becomes supernatural.

A closer look at this passage reveals 3 things that can help us to understand and connect to that same mind-blowing power of God. The verses show that Jesus blessed, He broke, and He gave. He blessed, or gave thanks for the little that He had. We are sometimes so busy wishing and waiting for more, that we forget to thank God for what we already have. He broke the bread. Some may have been so careful with the bread because it was so limited, that they would have been afraid to break it. No matter how little what you have may seem, don't be afraid to use it; your time, your talents, or simply YOU. And finally, the bible says Jesus gave. He could have kept it all for Himself, but instead He gave. We must overcome our fears and doubts, have faith in God that it is He who will provide for our needs, and give no matter how little it may be.

If you think about it, Jesus was, well...a little. He came as a little baby, grew up in a little town, had little that was special about him by the measures of man. But in the hands of God on Calvary, He became a whole lot. There a carpenter became a savior, a lamb became a lion, a servant became a king.

After you read this, go look in a mirror. You might see what is by some measure little compared to others or the standards of this world. But God sees His child, His creation. You remind yourself that A Little Is A Lot in the Hands of God!!

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Try Jesus!

2 comments:

  1. We as people have grown so far apart from the truth of our very spiritual existence. As Native People, our ancestors were much more skilled at recognizing that genuine heart that was lead by the Lord...our Creator...God. Over time, so many of our people have lost their way and sought this spiritual reconnection within the Church. This is a great thing...BUT...where WE as man-kind struggle is really knowing God...even in the smallest of people and most unexpected of presentations...God makes Himself known. The downfall is one of two things.
    1- We are so busy that we do not recognize the very subtle message God wants us to focus on instead of our next materialistic prize. Thus, we are not making time for God!
    2- We do not adhere to the message because it does not come from where we expect it. As a result, we shoot down one another (young and old, small and large) from trully wanting to have/nurture/cultivate that direct connection with God.

    Native People traditionally had this innate ability to connect with God because of their understanding of their place within this world and how they are connected even to the smallest bird. Reverand Evans, you have this gift...deeply seeded within your heart, within your teachings...it makes you who you are and gives you the strong spirit you possess to teach your fellow brothers and sisters as you do. This is the same connection that a two year has that says goodbye to her greatgrandmother only six months after her burial. This is something that can not be fabricated by a child between the ages of one and a half to two years of age. This is in us all...we only need to choose to tap into that connection.

    In our attempt to walk with God, we must strive to be as God-like as possible without thinking of ourselves as God. We must be carefull of passing judgement as man...judging a book by its cover can be very dangerous. While allowing someone else (God) to "drive" may be challenging in itself, it is something we all must overcome so that we may trully sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

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  2. You are right, anonymous. Carrie Underwood had it right when she sang "Jesus take the wheel". You can't have two drivers. Either I'm driving, or He is. I tried driving for about 26 years and was getting no where fast. I turned the wheel over to Jesus, and now I am really enjoying the ride.

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