A recurring theme in our current sermon series is that when we do what we can do, God will do what we can’t do. It doesn’t matter how many times we hear that truth… we’ll often only believe it when we’ve experienced it.
Take “serving others” as an example. This is one way God fills us up and pours us out simultaneously. But so many of us don’t do it. We focus on all the reasons why we can’t possibly make a difference, and so we do nothing.
What do you do when you see a need? Do you wait for others to meet that need? Do you opt out because of legitimate excuses? In the story of the feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14), the disciples saw the apparent impossibility of the situation and stated that they only have five loaves and two fish. How did Jesus respond? “Just bring me what you have.”
What are your excuses? I didn’t go to college. I’m not good at teaching. I don’t know the bible well enough. I don’t have enough time. I’m not good around people. I don’t have enough experience. How does Jesus respond? “Just bring me what you have.”
If you do what you can do, God will do what you can’t do.
Continuing in the same chapter, we read about Jesus walking on the water and calming the storm that the disciples were cowering from in their boat. Who of the disciples do you identify with? Those who stayed in the “safety” of the boat, too afraid to respond to Jesus? Or Peter, who trusted that Jesus was worth taking a risk for? He knew how to walk, and he knew how to get out of the boat… and he trusted Jesus to take care of the rest.
What’s your boat? What’s keeping you comfortable, holding you back from allowing God to do the impossible through you? I dare you to ask God to invite you out of the boat. I double dare you to respond with a “Yes”.
The disciples never regretted bringing Jesus the bread and fish. Peter never regretted getting out of the boat. What’s God asking you to do? If you want to make a difference, you have to get out of the boat.