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I’ve got nothing

21 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on I’ve got nothing
I’ve got nothing

I’ve got Nothing.

Recently, I was invited to speak to a large audience and I was nervous. In that venue, well known speakers consistently delivered powerful, life changing messages. They delivered God’s Word with power and conviction. And then, somehow, I got invited to speak there. I remember thinking, “Compared to them, I got nothing. I don’t even come close to measuring up to these other speakers.”

Perhaps you’re like me. You may be thinking- I got nothing, I don’t begin to compare to others. I can’t teach as good, lead as good, and the list goes on. God reminded me of a story that encouraged me. Perhaps it’ll help you as well.


The Boy with Nothing

This story and the resurrection are the only 2 miracles recorded in all 4 gospels, so, it must be significant. You’ll remember the story. It’s found in John 6:5-13. We know it as the feeding of the 5,000.

Here’s the picture: The disciples were going through the crowd asking for food to share. Either people had no food or they were hiding the food that they did have. It was slim pickings. All they could find was one little boy who gave up his 5 loaves of bread and his 2 small fish. Have you ever tried to take food from a hungry boy? They don’t give it up easily. But, this boy sacrificed all his food. As important as that was, that’s not the miracle!

The miracle is what Jesus did with the food. He blessed it, multiplied it and feed 5,000 men with it, and that doesn’t include the women and children who were fed. You see, it doesn’t matter how much food, or how many skills, or talents you have. The important thing is that you’ve given them to Jesus for him to use.

This boy sacrificed all his personal food and he’s never mentioned again. He got nothing out of it. He didn’t even get his name mentioned. Yes, he got a good meal but he already had that because he’s the one who had the food. The crowd never thanked him.

The boy’s sacrifice benefited thousands of others, but at that moment he got nothing out of it. However, the food he gave away, coupled with the power of Jesus helped make Jesus famous in that community. And, after all, isn’t that the point? Isn’t that why we do what we do? To point others to Jesus. To stand aside so that Jesus can do the miraculous and increase his reputation.

Relax, take a deep breath and remember the big narrative is not about you, rather it’s about Jesus.


Having Nothing Doesn’t Matter

The point is, it doesn’t matter what your skills are or what they aren’t. It doesn’t matter how you compare to others. What matters is that you are willing to hand your talents over to Jesus, so he can perform the miracle with them. So that he’s the one who receives the praise.

I’m an introverted, talent-challenged, student ministry leader. But, because I gave my entire lunch to Jesus years ago, I’ve had a front row seat to see him do the miraculous through the ministry I’m involved with. I prayer for you is to give all that you are and all that you’re not to Jesus. And, my you too, have a front row seat to watch God do the impossible!

Jerry Higley
Executive Director at Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ
Jerry Higley is the Executive Director of Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ and an adjunct faculty member at LBC teaching Student Ministry courses at both the undergrad and graduate level. When he's not at work, he loves spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with his grandkids.