For so many of us connecting with our audience is a huge part of our lives. We pray to see our audiences the way Jesus does, and then Jesus gives us a sense of compassion for them. We desire to serve them well. To provide teaching that impacts their lives. To create experiences they will remember. To create songs where they can hear something real truth.
However, then it seems like we never have enough time to get everything done, never have enough money to put into our music, or the resources to do everything we want. It seems like our vision is always greater than our resources. We are trying to feed a crowd with five loaves of bread and a couple of fish.
If you’ve ever felt like that, please know that Jesus cares about your crowd, and understands how you feel. One of the only stories told in all four Gospels is about Jesus feeding the Five Thousand. We know that the number only references five thousand men, so it is entirely possible the number was closer to twenty thousand people. They are hungry and not just in need of truth, but also in need of food as well. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your lack of resources, remember these three things from this story.
First, Jesus already cares for your crowd more than you ever could (Matt 14:14, Mark 6:34). In the most stressful moments of event planning remember that God has divine plans and purposes for your audience and that He knows what they need. It’s not that He shares your concerns, but instead, He is letting you share in His.
Second, God has given you resources. None of us have nothing. Sometimes all you need are fives loaves and two fish for Jesus to do a miracle. Look to see how you can best use your resources and realize that God will equip you for the thing He asks of you.
Finally, place everything God has given into His hands and watch Him meet the needs of your audience. Jesus wants to bless those attending your event and multiply your resources far beyond anything you’re capable of doing. So give it to Him. The more you put in His hands now, the more you’ll have to lay at His feet one day.
We’re all trying to do big things with small resources. Whether you’re writing songs, running a business, or finding another way to change the world, don’t give up. It’s all going to work out!!