Summary: There is only one who wants us to think we have nothing to offer. There is only one who wants us to think we are insignificant. Time to tell the Devil to go to Hell
Tell the Devil to go to Hell!
JN 6:1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
JN 6:5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
JN 6:7 Philip answered him, "Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
JN 6:8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"
JN 6:10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
JN 6:12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
There is a lad here with five loaves and two small fishes, but what are they to so many people. A little boy is there, so there must have been mothers there too. We men love children, but we don’t fool with them. When all is well we love to have them around, but when they act up, they belong to their mothers. My wife can tell you, I liked feeding them, holding them and playing with them, but change diapers, NO!
Jesus took the little boys lunch. The boy was not Church of Christ for several reasons. Number 1 the boy gave all he had to Jesus. #2 He did not say wait a minute, I’m not giving you my lunch because I have voted on it yet, #3 I am not going to give you my lunch because I never did it that way before.
Jesus did 4 things with that lunch, #1 he took it, #2 he blessed it, #3 he broke it and #4 he used it. Are you willing to give yourself to Jesus to be used like this little boy’s lunch? When they got done, they took up leftovers. They had more than they finished then when they started. For Jesus to do anything in our and our congregation, we have to give Him EVERYTHING. We say to people “Give your heart to Jesus, but that is no where in the Bible that says Jesus wants your heart. He wants all of you, not just your heart. He wants your life. No matter how much or how little we have to give to Jesus, but that is all he wants. Look at what he did with a small boys lunch. Today we have people here who have given Jesus half, and wonder why He has not blessed them. He does not want half he wants all. I remember the day I got saved, April 15, 1981. I remember coming forward that night, I had little to give to God, but all I had I gave to him. Yes I was angry with Him. I had a plan for my life, I was going to be a policeman, but that dream got taken away from me when I lost my hearing. I had a possible career in the Navy, but that got taken away from me. I had little to give, but what I had I gave. God took this near deaf man and made him a preacher for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember the excitement I had when Jesus came into my life. I remember the change that started that day and is continuing to this day, and will continue until the Lord takes me home. Why have we lost that fervor?
You know we have everything we need right here and right now to win Morgan County and Hampshire County for Jesus, We have everything we need to build on our building to accommodate more people and accommodate for their cars. We have everything we need to help take care of the poor in our community right here and right now. The problem is we are still holding on to it. It is Time to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. It’s Time to tell the Devil to go to Hell.