2 Corinthians 12:9 reads, “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.'”
I have a weakness. Some of you may know this restaurant and some of you may not. It is called The Varsity. When my son, David, decided to attend college at Georgia Tech, I was proud of his choice because it is a great university but also because it is less than a block from The Varsity. Whenever we visited David and then my daughter Reneé, Connie knew, I had to stop at The Varsity. When a customer walks in the restaurant, a voice calls out “What’d y’all have? What’d y’all have?”
“A Yellow C Dog walking, ring one, and a FO,” I call out, translated, “I’ll have a hot dog with mustard and chili to go, a side of onion rings, and a Frosted Orange.”
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, God asked him in Exodus 4:2, “What do you have in your hand?” It was simply a staff, a common, every day tool used during that time for various reasons; but, God used it over and over to help Moses when he turned the Nile to blood or parted the Red Sea.
In 2 Kings 4, Elijah is helping a widow who is in desperation because the creditors of her dead husband are coming to take her children and sell them into slavery. Elijah asks her, “What do you have in your house?” She responds to him, “A small jar of oil.” Elijah uses that oil, multiplies it, and she is able to pay off her creditors and live on the rest.
Another time Elijah asks a widow to make him a cake of bread. She was actually preparing a final meal for herself and her son with the small amount of flour and oil she had left. She makes Elijah the cake and because of her obedience in 1 Kings 17, we learn she does not run out of flour and oil again.
Jesus is teaching a crowd of 5000 people. The disciples tell him that the people are hungry. He asks them in Matthew 14 and Mark 6, “How many loaves do you have?” Realistically, Jesus could have snapped his finger and created a buffet of food, but He uses what is available and turns 5 loaves and 2 fish into enough for everyone.
Sometimes we feel inadequate. Our insecurities tell us we are incapable. Maybe we don’t have enough money or education; maybe we do not have the ability to create or articulate what God is asking us to do; Maybe our skills in certain areas are lacking or our physical appearance is less than what we believe is beautiful. Do you know God wants what we have? He performed some of His greatest miracles through the simple possessions of his people: a staff, oil, flour, a loaf of bread and fish.
God doesn’t need fancy things; He needs you. God can take what we see as a limitation or something small, and perform His most impressive works. God is interested in what we have and our willingness to use it. So, what do you have?