Bring What You Have

Bring What You Have
by David Marquard

I just recently returned from a trip to Israel, and there is a church there on the shore of the Sea of Galilee called the Church of the Multiplication in a town called Tabgha. It is traditionally considered to be the site where Jesus fed the 5,000 (Matthew 14). Similarly, most holy sites in Israel have churches built on them.

We often build monuments in order to remember the special events that occurred in their location. As Christians we have the privilege of not only looking back to remember, but, in Christ, we can look forward to a miraculous future. In the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Jesus shows us that what may appear to be inadequate is not so when the Master is involved. “Little is much in the hands of the Master!”

Too often God’s people feel inadequate before the great problems that surround them or what appears to be an overwhelming situation. The five loaves and two fish that one boy had didn’t seem like much when compared to the 5,000 people in need of food (John 6:9). However, when like this boy we bring to God what we have, His ability to multiply and empower us is THE overwhelming factor. The Master is calling. He is calling you to step forward and bring what you have to Him. Yield yourself and your heart before the Lord. Although what you have appears small, stand back and watch the Master at work. He will take your inadequacy and turn it into more than enough.

Little is much in the hands of the Master. Give yourself to Him today!!

About David Marquard

Pastor David received the Lord as a young married man in 1976, and, after serving for a number of years in various capacities as a lay leader in his church, he left the business world and entered pastoral ministry in 1994. He was ordained in December of 1995 as an associate pastor of Faith Christian Center in Seekonk, MA where he took over as senior pastor in 2000. In 2010, Pastor David and his wife Ann began a new church work in North Smithfield, RI, which was known as Impact Church. In 2015 Impact Church merged with Praise Tabernacle of Cranston, RI and became a satellite location of Praise Tabernacle. Pastor David believes strongly in the power God’s Word has to positively change lives and equip people to make a difference in the world around them. With his supportive wife of 42 years they have raised three children and have three grandchildren. They currently reside in Lincoln, RI and are both lifelong RI residents.