Summary: A semon about having faith that what you give to God (money, time, talents, etc....) will be used to glorify his kingdom
Thirdly, because you have been gifted. Each and every one of us has a special or unique gift that can be used to glorify the kingdom of God. A gift that can be used to help the kingdom of God grow. What is that gift you have?
Now that I have you thinking about what you can do to help this church, I will bet there are some of you sitting there saying, What I have to give can not be used by God to help this church.
Can I let you in on a little secret, he can I guarantee?
Let me show you how God can use so little to do so much!
How many of you know the only miracle that is recorded in all four gospels, if you do, then good, if not let me share it with you.
There was a little boy who’s friend told about this great man that was hanging out down by the sea, and that there were a lot of people their to see him, because he was teaching them great things, and he was healing the sick, and making the blind to see, and he asked if he wanted to go with him down to the sea side and see what all was going on.
Of course he did, so he ran in and asked his mom if he could go, and she said “sure”, but before you leave let me pack your lunch. So the little boy’s mom packed him a lunch to take with him, and since he had a friend going she thought she better pack enough for two, then she put in their lunch sack 2 small fish and 5 small loaves of bread, and gave it to him, and they sit off to the seaside to see this great man.
When they got there the place was covered with people, there was at least 5000 people their, they could not believe all the excitement. Then about that time a man came around looking to see who had food, and the little boy said “Mister I have 2 small fish and 5 loaves of bread that you can have.” So the man took them and gave them to this great man, and everyone was then told to sit down, that it was time to eat. With that Jesus took the 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish, and broke them and gave thanks. Then the disciples starting passing out food, and when everyone was full, they picked up 12 baskets of leftovers.
Now do you think that this little boy would have ever thought that his lunch would feed five thousand, of course not, but when what he had was given to the Lord, it was then used to glorify him.
If God can take what I could have used to make 2 fish sandwiches and feed 5 thousand what can he do with what I have to offer?
I promise you that he can do a lot, but I bet there of some of you sitting their saying, Yeah but that was then, stuff like that don’t happen anymore, shoot nothing like that has happened in a couple thousand years.
Well, let me tell you a more modern miracle then:
What do you think can be accomplished with a mere .57 cents and the love of God, you say not much, well let me just share with you.
One day there was a sobbing little girl standing near a church from which she had just been turned away because it was suppose to be too crowded.
“I can’t go to Sunday school,” she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by. Seeing her shabby, dirty appearance the pastor knew the real reason she had been turned away.