Great men’s breakfast this morning…guest speaker was Mel Fletcher from Sharnbrook – a man who has seen enough of God’s miracles to fill a very large book. His topic threading through the stories he was telling us, was just ‘going with what you’ve got’. This touches on something brought home to me a while ago in the Spirit…

There were 5000 to feed, complained the disciples. You know the story…This is 5000 men, plus wives and children, so the number is probably nearer 12,000 people. When faced with so many to feed, someone actually suggested that they “go to the marketplace to buy food”. For 12,000? Who was going to deliver it, Tesco? Asda, perhaps? Or Iceland if you’re on the cheap…

Nope. The goods were already there, you see. A small boy had a lunch of 5 loaves and two small fish (not insubstantial; that amount of bread would be a criminal act against my diet). “Not enough!” the disciples remarked. Well, Jesus took what the boy had, held it up to God in Heaven, asked for His blessing upon it and gave it back. You know the rest…

I retired (actually I quit, but that’s not important) from playing music in my then parent church in 2006. For 6 weeks, I didn’t touch another keyboard…learning all the time to wait for God’s next move. I honestly thought that after 19 years of playing 2 to 3 times a week that my time was up and the new service to the Church was print and design. However, God had other ideas…

Bob, a good friend who pastors the King’s Church where I’m at today, came to my house and asked me to take up the mantle of musician there. After a week, I agreed. Not until some months after I began to understand what might have happened in the heavenly realms. I had a limited amount of musical capability, a certain amount of equipment and a decent dose of enthusiasm. I called it an “Abraham moment” – where God would see if I would carry on doing something for him even if what I was doing (which I loved) was taken away. But it could just be that Jesus took what I had out of my hands, held it up to my Father in Heaven, asked for His blessing and gave it all back to me. I’m now busier than I’ve ever been musically with huge doors opening up before me.

You see, all I had to offer was what I had. But without God’s blessing (this is important – hear me, here) I could not do any more or go on doing more until Jesus had held up to God my offering and asked God the Father for a blessing. Nowadays, much more is coming out of me and it’s still increasing.

It’s a principle of Heaven, my friends. Run with what you’ve got.