Have you ever been to the Varsity in Atlanta, Georgia? It is a landmark in downtown Atlanta that was established in 1928 by Frank Gordy, a man who had a small nest egg and a big dream. He built a food chain known for its greeting of “What’ll you have?” as much as for its chili cheese dogs, Frosted Orange frozen drinks and fried pies.
In the case of Frank Gordy, he asked people “What’ll have?” because he intended to feed them from his supply of food. In Matthew 14 Jesus asked the disciples what they had to feed five thousand plus people, to which they replied “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish.” [Matthew 14:17].
Can you imagine? You see, the disciples realized early on there was a dilemma. They recognized the hour of the day, the number of people and the lack of supplies. The need was huge. It was obvious they couldn’t possibly meet the need, so they approached Jesus with their plan [verse 15]. Can’t you just hear them, “Uh, Jesus, we’re out here in the middle of nowhere and it’s getting close to dinnertime. Even if we had food, it would take forever to feed all these people. We’re just twelve men, thirteen if we count You. We just need to send them on their way so they can head back to the villages and eat.” It was a solid plan. It made sense to them. It was logical. But it was their plan, not His.
Jesus, well He had another plan. In verse 16 He says, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” I’m certain the look on their faces nearly moved Him to laughter. They barely had enough to feed a small boy, let alone five thousand plus people. But what happened? They took what they had, the two fish and five loaves, and they surrendered it to Jesus willingly. He blessed it and broke it and used it to not just feed the people, but there was excess [Matthew 14:18-21]. We serve the God of more than enough. And He is looking for people who will bring Him what they have, no matter how great or small, so He can bless it and use it to change the world. 2 Chronicles 16:9a says, “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” He will do the work, He’s simply looking for children to partner with Him, to be His instruments [2 Thessalonians 5:24].
We live in a dark, hurting world. People constantly ask, “Why isn’t God doing anything about injustice? Why does He allow this evil to exist?” Friend, Micah 6:8 clearly states, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” He’s waiting on us to surrender what we have to Him so He can move through us to change the world. What are we waiting for? What are you waiting for?
Today, I am surrendering what I have into the hands of Jesus to use as He sees fit. I’m giving Him the book He called me to write, Rescuing Hope, A Story of Sex Trafficking in America, hoping He will bless it and use it as a catalyst of conversation, spurring people into action to bring an end to the horror of human sex trafficking in our world. Join me today at 5 p.m. at www.resolutionhope.org for the first of thirteen installments. I’m giving Him all I have and trusting Him to do with it as He desires. I’m choosing to surrender my plan and follow His. What will you do? Whose plan will you follow?