"I Can Only..."
The disciples were apparently hungry as Jesus was teaching. You’ll remember they came to Jesus and told Him, “Let’s send the people into town to get something to eat…” Jesus responded, “You feed them.” ‘We can’t do that, we only have 5 loaves and 2 fish.’ How often do we do that? Jesus tells us to do something and we tell Him, “I ONLY…”
Let’s be real, what can we really do for Jesus anyway? If they’d had a Cromer’s Food Truck or gift cards to the local Golden Corral, they still couldn’t have fed 5000+ people.
So why did Jesus tell them to feed the people? What He was saying was “I want to use you.” “You give me what you have and watch what I can do with it. I know you can’t do that but I want to use you in what I want to do.”
So what was it the disciples were really asked to do? “Give me the little bit you have…tell the people to sit down…and watch what I’m gonna use you to do.”
That reminds me of another Scripture Jesus shared.
John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
We tell Jesus what we can/can’t do for Him, what we have/don’t have to work with and He tells us, “Don’t try to impress Me using your own abilities. You can’t do anything apart from me, anyway.”
Attached to Him there’s nothing we can’t do…apart from Him there’s nothing we can do…since our purpose in life is to attach to and draw others to Him. We can’t do that on our own.
And by the way, when everyone had eaten their fill, the disciples were asked to do one more thing…collect the ‘leftovers’. Its’ not saying Jesus created scraps. More like when we place things in His hands and trust Him to do what we can’t do…He’ll provide more than we can imagine.
Don’t tell Jesus what you can/cannot do. Don’t tell Him what you ‘only’ have. Place it in His hands and let Him do through you what He pleases. The only ‘only’ we need to be concerned about is that we will be fruitful ONLY when we trust Him, remain in Him, give all to Him. Never on our own.