YOU CAN’T GIVE WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
After I had spoken in a squatters’ area in Manila, a young woman who worked as a housemaid—a rather humble position—thrust a small package into my hand saying, “Here’s something for your work.” Opening the gift later, I found a small bar of hand soap and a package of instant soup, the kind that would make about a cup. At first I thought, Is this a joke? and then I realized that was the kind of a gift she would give to a friend. Having practically nothing, her gift was very significant. When it comes to what you give to God, He always asks for what you have—never what you don’t have. The widow of a prophet had only a jug of oil, and when she gave it to the Lord, He multiplied it many times over. David had only a lad’s slingshot in his hand, but God used that to bring down the giant. When Moses stood before God in the desert, God asked, “Moses, what do you have in your hand?” Looking down, Moses saw only a walking stick. God said, “Moses, throw it down.” God was essentially saying, Give it to Me!” Empowered by the Spirit of God, it became a symbol of God’s great power. Jesus took a boy’s lunch—all he had, blessed it and fed a multitude of people. But when you surrender what you have to the Lord, He who is debtor to no one takes note and blesses those who acknowledge that what they have is a gift from God.” Try saying, “I’m Yours, Lord, lock, stock, and barrel. Take me, use me, break me and multiply me. I’m Yours to command.” And then see what happens. Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have; only that which is in your hands.
— This excerpt is taken from Strength for Today written by Harold J. Sala and published by OMF Literature Inc. To get the full devotional in print or digital format, please visit any OMF Lit and Passages Bookshop or go to www.passages.com.ph