Use What You Have
When the Disciples realized there were over 5,000 hungry people at one of their meetings, their first reaction was to send them away to fill their own stomachs. Jesus then commanded them to feed the people. Let’s take a look at what happened:
“ When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” – Matthew 14:13-21
Child brings 5 loaves 2 fish
“Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
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?” – John 6:7-9
“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3
Steps to a miracle
- Don’t ignore the poor, don’t send the poor away; feed them.
- Don’t freak out about how much money or work it will take; use what you have with the (seemingly naïve) faith of a child.
- Jesus will increase it. He will reward your obedience with increase to help more people.
Mother Teresa began with what she had, when she died, her charity was a multi-million dollar entity serving thousands of poor people.
Legacy House began as just an idea, to house children who hadn’t been adopted and to love them. To protect them, send them to school, and restore their legacy. We started with what we had and God sent you and many others to bring the increase. It’s been a full year since we kicked off our first fundraiser and we now are launching our second annual fundraiser with the plans to not only sustain the first Legacy House but plant more homes. The first year was nothing short of a miracle like the 5 loaves and 2 fish story, no reason to stop believing for miracles now!
We will be releasing a new sponsorship video on Tuesday this week, as well as a brand new website for Legacy House and you all are among the first to see it!
Use What You Have
“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
10 Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. 12 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. 13 Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. 14 Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. 15 As the Scriptures say,
“Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over,
and those who gathered only a little had enough.”- 2 Cor 8:9-15 NLT
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.” – 2 Cor 8:12-13
John the Baptist
“John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” – Luke 3:11
Will you deeply and prayerfully consider partnering with us to house age-out foster girls in our city? Will you be part of this miracle? Will you make this your story too?
If you have only one shirt, pray for us. If you have two shirts, give one. If you have 5 shirts, give 4… give according to what you have and God will bring the miracle to both the Legacy House and your home as well!