You Have Exactly What You Need!
It’s easy to focus on what we don’t have. People tell me often that they don’t have the talent, the education, or the personality they’d like to have, but as long as you think you’re lacking it will keep you from God’s best. It’s not enough to just have faith in God. That’s important, but you should take it one step further and have faith in what God has given you. You have to believe you are equipped. You are empowered. You have the talent, the resources, the personality, everything you need to fulfill your destiny.Here’s the key: you don’t need a lot of talent. You have exactly what you need. If you will use what has given you, He will get you to where you’re supposed to be. I’ve learned it’s not necessarily the amount of talent, the amount of education, or the amount of money. What makes the difference is God’s anointing on your life. You can have average talent, but when God breathes in your direction, you’ll go further than someone with exceptional talent.
You can have an extraordinary problem, but with the favor of God, He can provide an ordinary solution and make you victorious. That’s what happened with Samson when a huge army against him. He began to look around to try to find something to defend himself. All he could find was the jawbone of a donkey. He could have thought, “Oh, great, just my luck. I need a sword. I need a shield and all I have is this jawbone.”
It was small. It was ordinary. But Samson didn’t dismiss it. He was smart enough to realize that this jawbone was part of his divine destiny. He picked it up and used it to defeat the entire army. Even though that jawbone was ordinary, it became extraordinary when God breathed on it.
You don’t have to be bigger, stronger, or tougher to overcome your obstacles. You don’t have to have great talent in order to do something great. When you honor God with your life, you have the most powerful force in the universe breathing in you direction. God knows how to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.
Get in agreement with Him and be confident that you have exactly what you need. Don’t ever say, “I don’t have the strength. I don’t have the looks. I’m too tall, too short. I’m too young, too old.”
Zip that up and declare, “I am anointed. I am equipped. I am empowered. I am the right size, the right nationality. I know the right people. I have the right amount of talent.”
Last Sunday’s mass, the Gospel tells us about a day when Jesus had been teaching thousands of people. It started to get late and the people were hungry. Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “I want you to give them something to eat.”(John 6, 1-16) They were out in the middle of nowhere. There were no grocery stores and no other source of food. It seemed Jesus was asking the impossible. But here’s a key: God will never ask you to do something and then not give you the ability to do it. I hear people say, “I know I need to forgive, but I just can’t do it. It’s too hard.” Or “I know I should take that management position, but I don’t feel qualified.” The truth is they have exactly what they need.
The disciples weren’t confident that Jesus could provide food for all those people. They said, “It’s impossible. We don’t see a way.”
When Jesus heard all their excuses, He finally said, “You’ve told me all about what you don’t have. All I want to know is what you do have.”
They said, “Jesus, we just have five loaves of bread and two fish. But what is that among so many?” They looked at what they had and dismissed it as not enough.
They were like those who say to me: “I’d believe if I had more talent, more education, and just more going for me…”
I tell them God says to you what Jesus said to his disciples: “Give me what you have. Don’t make excuses. Don’t sit on the sidelines of life intimidated, thinking that you’re unqualified. Put your life, your dreams, your goals, and your talent into God’s hands.”
You know the story: Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and prayed over them. It all was multiplied. And somehow it fed more than five thousand people. That’s what happens when you give God what you have. He will multiply it.
Now what you may seem small compared to what you’re facing compared to the financial difficulty, the medical problem, or the size of your dreams. You could easily be intimidated. But God is saying, “Just give Me what you have.”
If you’ll be the best you can be right where you are, living with confidence, believing that God is breathing in your direction, then God will do for you what He did for the hungry crowd. He will take the little and He will turn it into much.
Still, people say, “I’ve got a big problem, but I don’t have big resources.” That’s okay. God does. He owns it all. He’s got you in the palm of His hand. Your obstacle may be high but our God is the Most High. That enemy may be powerful, but God is all-powerful. He has the final say.
Here’s what I’ve learned: God is not looking for super-talented people. He is looking for ordinary people who will take limits off Him so He can show His goodness in extraordinary ways. Be confident in what you have. When David went to face Goliath, all he had a slingshot and five smooth stones. It didn’t look like much.
Goliath was nearly twice his size. Goliath had been trained in the military. He was wearing a full set of armor, had a lot of experience, and was extremely powerful. David was teenager. He had no formal training, no equipment, and no battlefield experience. He was a shepherd. When Goliath said in effect, “David, have you looked in the mirror lately? You are no match for me. I am bigger, stronger, tougher.”
But David understood this principle: even though his slingshot was small, he realize it was given to him by God as part of his divine destiny. The Scripture says David ran toward Goliath. You would think if you’re half your opponent’s size, you would sneak up. You would try to surprise him. But it’s different when you know you are equipped and empowered. When you realize God has given you what you need, you will not shrink back in fear. You will run toward your enemies.
God used a single slingshot to thrust David to a new level of his destiny. My question for you is this: Are you overlooking something small, something ordinary, that God has given you? Are you sitting back thinking, “I don’t have the talent, the education. I don’t know the right people.”?
You have exactly what you need. It may seem small, but when you take these steps of faith God will do for you what he did for David. He’ll breathe on your life and what was ordinary will become extraordinary. When you give God what you have, He will take the little and He will turn it into much. Now quit telling God what you don’t have and what you can’t do. Be confident. You have exactly what you need. It may not be as much as others have, and that’s okay. You’re not running their race. Don’t envy their talent. Don’t covet what they have. Don’t wish you had their looks, their personality, or their opportunities.
If God gave that to you it wouldn’t help you; it would hinder you. You’re not anointed to be them; you’re anointed to be you. When God breathed His life into you, He equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny. You have the talent, the confidence, the strength, and the creativity to fulfill your purpose.