Consider what the disciples said to Jesus just before He fed five thousand hungry people: "There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?" End of story? No, "And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten." (John 6:11-13). God always gives you something to start with. But you have to look for it, recognize it, and put it into His hands. The miracle of multiplication happened when a boy took what he had, and made it available to Jesus. The Bible says that we are not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin (see Zechariah 4:10). Don't be afraid to take small steps, just make sure they're steps of faith and God will work through you. Jesus said, "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). And what did He build it with? Twelve flawed people just like us! But when He poured Himself into them, the mix was so concentrated that when two of them got together they could turn whole towns upside down (see Ac 17:6). You say, "But I've so many shortcomings." We all come to the Lord damaged and in need of repair. But the good news is, you can be strong in some areas and struggling in others and God can still use you—as long as you're willing to start with what you've got.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God's grace is greater than our weakness. When we admit our weaknesses then more of Christ's strength can be manifested in us. We are used more when we are made less.
Week #33 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 1-3
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 5-9
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 96-98
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 17-18
Thursday: (Prophecy) Daniel 7-12
Friday: (Gospels) John 5-6
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Timothy 1-5