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Written by Special Guest Contributor, Jim Martin | June 22, 2023

Many people try to think through why God has put them on this earth and what His big picture plan is for their lives. In doing so, some get overwhelmed trying to seek the right answers. As a result of thinking too much about the big picture, they fail to see the small everyday stuff around them that God wants to use for His purposes and the benefit of others. I want to draw your attention to the small daily things that God has called you to. These small offerings of your time, gifts, and resources can make a big difference in the lives of those around you.

This past week in my devotional time, I read chapter 14 in the book of Matthew. There were so many amazing stories in this chapter, of which I am certain you have heard of. There are some God size miracles packed in these passages that might cause us to overlook the small yet significant offerings found tucked in them as well.  For example, Jesus feeds 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, which is a main focus, but other actions play a part in this story as well.

In this event, the people came from all over to hear Jesus speak and to have Him bring healing to those suffering. Yet, nobody thought to plan the food and lodging situation for all that arrived! The solution from the disciples is to send the people away to find their own food, almost as if to say, this isn’t our problem. We live in a world where so many people look away from situations around them and say, “That isn’t my problem.” Jesus thinks differently and makes this situation his problem. Jesus takes the food, gives thanks to His Father and then creates much from little to feed everyone.

The big picture offering given by Jesus was the miracle of that food being multiplied. However, the story reveals others who did what they could to be of service as well. Look at the disciples. They left all they had to follow Jesus, making them available to distribute the food to the people. Simply being present and offering their time made a difference. Then, consider the source of where the little bit of food came from. It says in John 6:8-9 that a boy brought the food items. I am certain the boy didn’t wake up that day and say, “I will be talked about for thousands of years,” yet his little contribution made a huge difference in the lives of many.

Take a look at the story yourself today in God’s Word. As you do so and consider this reflection, think about how you might generously give in any situation to make a difference in the lives of others, even if it is but a small offering. Maybe the Lord will use your time, your gifts, and resources to bless many for years to come!



Jim and Angi Martin live in Crete, Illinois, with their daughter and son. Jim is the pastor at Trinity Evangelical Christian Church in Monee, Illinois. Jim and his family share time serving in ministries such as Dynamis Ministries and Christian Leaders Institute.