Hands Team

Ever since I could walk, I fell in love with the game of baseball. I played it all the way through Little League up until college and even traveled the country trying to make it on a professional baseball team. I was a pretty good baseball player. Even though I was good at baseball, a baseball bat in my hands is not as dangerous as a bat in the hands of Josh Hamilton. A bat in my hands might be worth whatever a bat is sold on retail these days, but a bat in the hands of Josh Hamilton is worth a couple hundred dollars. A bat in my hands won’t make me any money, but a bat in the hands of Josh Hamilton has made him millions of dollars.

We find a similar illustration of this in John chapter 6. This is what John writes:

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” (John 6:1-14 NKJV)

Side note: The first thing that Jesus does is ask Philip “How much and where could they buy bread for the people to eat?” Jesus didn’t ask this because He didn’t know. He asked to see how Philip would answer. Philip’s response is typical of how we respond to Jesus today. So many times we want to give Jesus our plans and not our hands. Jesus doesn’t want the qualified, He wants the available. If we would offer Jesus our hands in surrender rather than our plans in suggestion, we would be able to turn this world upside down. So the next time Jesus asks you for your plans give Him your hands.

The point I really want to press down on in this well-versed and well-known passage is that the five loaves of bread and two fish in the hands of the little boy may have fed him and his family that he was probably bringing the food back to. But when the boy was willing to place the fish and loaves in the hands of Jesus, it went from feeding a family to feeding a multitude. It went from being enough for a handful of people to being more than enough for thousands of people.

What you have can only go so far while it’s in your hands, but it can do immeasurably more when placed in the hands of Jesus. Even the little can become much when you place it in the Master’s hands. Paul said it this way when he wrote to the church in Ephesus:

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)

So what is it that you have in your hands that doesn’t look like much that you need to place in the hands of Jesus? Are you giving Jesus you plans or are you giving Him your hands? What is it that you need to surrender to Jesus instead of suggest to Him? If Jesus can take a little boy’s happy meal and turn it into an all you can eat buffet, what can He do with what you have? He can take what you have and take it a lot further faster than you ever could. Let go of what’s in your hands and give it to Him today.


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