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What Does God Require?

Matthew 14:17-18 KJV

17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

Many Christians today cannot move forward with God because they disqualify themselves before they ever get started. They look at themselves and see they are lacking in certain areas. Then, they will look at others who God is using. They compare their gifts and abilities to that individual, and then, once again, they determine they are lacking. You will never be able to accomplish God’s will this way. God is not looking for your ability, but your availability! He doesn’t require you to give what others have, but only what you have!

I was raised in a godly home, but we were allowed to be very competitive. Many think this is a good thing, but it is not. While it may be perfectly fine to be the best you can be, it is very unhealthy when your goal is to be better than everyone else. When you measure your success by someone else’s failure or success, you will never be satisfied. There will always be people who are further along than you, and there will always be people who are not as far along as you. People are not the standard, God and His word are the standard. 

In our passage above, Jesus desires to feed the 5,000. He is taking inventory to see what they have to feed this crowd. In Matthew 14:17, “And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.” In short, the need was much greater than the supply! They didn’t have enough! Did Jesus panic? Did he tell them to look harder to try and come up with more resources? In Matthew 14:18 Jesus said, “Bring them hither to me.” In other words, “Give me what you have.” Do you get that? Do you see what Jesus required from them? 

This message changed my life! The only thing God requires from you is what you have! He is not concerned with your measure, your ability, or your talents! He is only concerned with what you are doing with what you have! 

Stop looking at how much or how little you have today! Stop looking at where you are in comparison to others today! Simply present to God what you have, be faithful where you are, and he will bless you beyond measure! When they gave Jesus the little they had, he blessed it, multiplied it, and fed the multitude. If you will only give him what you have today, he will do the same for you! Do not be moved by your measure!

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