A Thankful Heart Overcomes Limitations
“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. “– AW Tozer
“Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honoured, and they shall not be small.”-Jeremiah 30: v 19
Back in 2015, I had the opportunity of sharing with a colleague of mine a sermon in a Christian charity organization where I was doing some youth work/volunteer training for Message Trust, UK.
In most continents of the world most especially in Africa, most individuals are majorly involved in the mechanism of farming. The farmers at the end of the planting season would be patient, heavily expectant and hopeful for a great downpour of God’s blessings, here being showers of rainfall.
When it does come, there is an explosion of hearts bursting forth with joy and thanksgiving.
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Cor;9 v 10) ESV
This feature will focus on “seeds, multiplying your seed for sowing” and “increasing the harvest of your righteousness”, taking an informed look into John 6.
Before the foundation of the world, ever before we were conceived in the blessed womb of our mother, our Lord knew us. He knew the very purpose and reason for our coming into existence, and blessed us individually with seeds. These seeds could be interpretive of the gifts and vision embedded in us. When the Bible says actually
“All of creation earnestly awaits the manifestation of the sons of men”, (Rom 8: v 19)
stems from our seeds gaining expression to the glory of God in full worship and reverence of His name.
“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” says Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother in (John 6: v 8-9)
Using similar words as Andrew, we all have at one point or the other have asked this question “what use would this gift or idea be of any blessing to the world?” We naturally were born with a finite mindset. However, as spirit beings in daily transit to become perfect as our infinite God is (Matt 5: v 48) we should fight the good fight of faith, utilising the defensive armour God has provided for us against limiting thoughts the enemy tries to discourage or steal our joy with.
In response to Andrew, Jesus took the very food that seemed so limited in the eyes of men, gave thanks unto God, and watched it feed the five thousand. Surprisingly and to God’s glory, that which seemed small was ever so increased and more than enough to meet the needs of the crowd, Never Limit God. In the end, God always leaves behind blessings for us as seen in the 12 leftover baskets. This is a significant lesson in that, we should give thanks regardless of the gifting, vision or provisions God has bestowed unto us.
Like the story of the men and their talents. Whether it be 5, 2 or even 1, the servants bestowed 5 and 2 talents respectively were thankful unto God and this was shown in them investing their respective gifts, running with the vision God assigned to them. Truly, God caused a multiplication and was blessed much more. However, we must endeavor not to imitate the life of the servant who though was bestowed one talent, showed how limiting God, limited himself. (Matthew 25). To be sincere, one should be thankful, showing gratitude unto God be it a gift, vision, business, innovation, and everyday provision. This provokes God to demonstrate more than you can imagine, and in a multiplicative way.
During my varsity days in Nigeria, I loved and was deeply passionate about dancing. Truth be told, thinking about it now I really wasn’t sure that God could take such a gift that far in blessing the lives of many. I remember, the first dance (Jahdiel-Heritage) I ministered outside my student fellowship, a joyous heart lifted unto God. He moved in an amazing way. As I left the auditorium, an individual came over to me saying to me “I will not let you go unto you bless me”.
Thinking about it now, was quite funny but ever so profound which has been stored in my heart this long. I continued on ministering in dance amongst other varsity engagements when I invited to minister in a student-led campus crusade. I remembered clearly I was the only dance minister on stage. Never would imagine that God could avail me such opportunity and platform to minister unto Him for His children.
Andrew Wommack from his article entitled “Don’t Limit God” stated:
“The Lord spoke to me on January 31, 2002, and told me I was limiting what He wanted to do through me by my small thinking (Psa 78: v 41). I began the process of changing the way I saw myself and what God could do through me, and it has been an awesome ride. Nearly thirteen years later, our television ministry is twenty times larger. Charis Bible College is now reaching sixty times as many people, and we have just completed the first phase of our new Charis campus in Woodland Park, Colorado.”
Here we could identify that the moment he stopped complaining and being worried about the future and began to show gratitude, not limiting the divine vision over his life, which caused him to experience multiplication.
I encourage us to live a life of thanksgiving unto God. In doing so, we experience that rich satisfying life He so desires for us. A life of increase of multiplied blessings.