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  • Allen Domelle

Multiplying the Little

John 6:5

When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

Jesus knew what He was about to do. The people were hungry and needed something to eat, but there was only five loaves of bread and two fishes there to feed five thousand people. Christ’s omnipotence certainly was not fearful of such a task, but there had to be many things done for the little to be multiplied before the miraculous could happen.

There is nothing wrong with being little, but there is something wrong with being satisfied with staying that way. There is nothing wrong with being a small church in attendance, but there is something wrong with being content with what you have and not having a desire for God to grow it to a larger attendance. Everyone starts small, but you don't have to stay there. If you are going to take your little and multiply it, there are several actions you must take to multiply your little.

First, you must use what you have. There is no purpose in multiplying what you have if you are not using what you have. Too many want more, but they are not using what they already have. For instance, there is no purpose for God to give you more buildings if you don't use all the buildings you have. God will give you more if you use what you have to its capacity.

Second, you must get organized. Jesus organized the five thousand, and that organization is what allowed the disciples to better use what they had. You will never grow in ministry or life beyond your organization. If you are poorly organized, you will continue to stay where you are. God works far more through the organized than He does through the disorganized. Organization is not a talent; it is a choice. Anyone can learn to organize if they choose to learn how to organize.

Third, get others involved. You will never multiply what you have by trying to do everything yourself. God places others in your life to get them involved. The more people that are involved, the more you can multiply the little that you have. However, if you choose to do everything yourself, you will never grow beyond your capacity. You can work to your capacity and stay where you are, or you can get others involved and increase your capacity for what you are doing. The more you get others involved, the more you increase your capacity of what you can handle. God never gives you more than your capacity; therefore, you must involve more people if you want God to multiply what you have.

Fourth, don’t overlook the little things. The greatest part of this miracle were the fragments that remained. Many overlook the little things to their detriment. You must be a detailed person if you want God to multiply your little. Every little detail does matter because every detail makes up the ability for God to multiply. If you are a person who ignores details, you will be a person whose capacity will never be multiplied.

Fifth, have faith. God never multiplies the little if you don't have the faith that He can do it. Have the faith to attempt the impossible. Be organized and care for the details, and God will honor your faith attempt by multiplying the little that you have.


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