When God transforms little into much

18 May

“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” The Imitation Game

Last night, Carol and I watched The Imitation Game, the story of mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who built a machine that broke the Nazi Enigma code in WWII. The quote above was repeated several times in the movie and grabbed my attention.

Yesterday morning I preached on the feeding of the 4,000 (Mark 8:1-10). It is the second of two feeding miracles in the gospel of Mark. In Mark 6:30-44, Jesus feeds the 5,000. In both miracles, Jesus takes a little and turns it into a lot. He uses five loaves and two fish to feed between 5,000-20,000 people (6:30-44). He takes seven loaves and a few sardines to feed 4,000 people (8:1-10). Jesus can take a little and turn it into much.

I often hear people comment, “God can never use me. I have nothing to offer. I don’t have any gifts.” I’ve been known to downplay and discount my own contributions on occasion. “I just don’t have the gifts/personality/abilities/charisma that ___________ has. How could God ever use me?”

And yet, those are the people that God loves to work in and through. If I make myself available to him, he can take my little and use it for his glory. Though I or anyone else may not imagine anything of me, God can use what I have to do things no one can imagine.

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Bible Study, Movies, Scripture


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