What’s in your hand?

It seems that whenever God wants to do something BIG in our lives, we feel like we have nothing to offer, and yet God always asks us the same question that He asked Moses in the desert from a burning bush:

What’s in your hand?

The answer in our case, just like it was for Moses, is always the same:

Not enough.

But even though we may not have enough, if we take what we have and put in God’s hands, it will become exactly what we need at exactly the time that we need it.

Let me say that again, but with even more clarity and force: God will always ask us to do MORE than we have the resources FOR.

You and I will never have enough, because if we did, we wouldn’t need the God who is enough.

He only asks that we give Him what we have, and trust Him for what we don’t.

So, when I get asked why I’m running 200k in 40 days, my answer is simple: “When it comes to needing $200,000 in 40 days, there’s a lot that I can’t do. But there’s something I CAN DO – I can run around my city, and I can pray as I do it.”

Don’t get me wrong, We’re still giving. And what we’re giving is more than we feel comfortable giving, not because we’re gluttons for pain, but because Wendy and I know that growth comes through groans.

Muscle grows when it’s torn down first. Speed comes through brutal speed workouts. Spiritual maturity almost always comes as a result of physical hardship. Birth follows labor. Seeds grow up THROUGH the soil.

It isn’t rocket science; it’s the design of God.

And something miraculous happens when we take what we have and partner it with what God has: He does more than we could ever ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Don’t miss that last part. How does He do it? By working in and through us by His power.

When is His power the greatest in us?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Is this task great? Greater than me or you or anyone that we may know? Absolutely. It’s enough to bring us to our knees, enough to make us feel small, overmatched, and weak.

It’s enough to put us right where God wants us to be in order to show us and our city His great power.

So take what you have – no matter how small or ineffective you may think it is – and give it to the God who can take it and do something greater with it.

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Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins is lead pastor of The Gathering, a community church located in beautiful downtown Albemarle, North Carolina. He's the author of God is My Air Traffic Controller and My Name's Not Lou. Paul is passionate about his wife, his 3 children, running, reading, coaching, leading people who are following Jesus, Swedish Fish and the Carolina Panthers.

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