Too Much, Too Little, Too Late – Dr. Tim Hill

Dr. Tim Hill -Singer - Songwriter - Author - Director of Church of God World Missions
Dr. Tim Hill -Singer – Songwriter – Author – Director of Church of God World Missions

Imagine it for a moment. Five thousand men are there, along with an undisclosed number of women and children, sitting everywhere. They’re tired and hungry, and they all have a long walk home with no food in sight (Matthew 14:14-21).

There is nothing like a good dilemma to test one’s faith. That’s exactly what Philip faced when confronted with the question Jesus asked: “Where will we buy bread to feed these people?” (See John 6:1-6).

Always remember when Jesus asks a question, it’s not because He needs the information. As a matter of fact, Scripture records in John 6:6: “He himself knew what He would do.” Jesus was simply testing Philip’s faith. Jesus wanted from him what He always desires from us—faith. Instead of exercising faith, Philip gave Jesus what He already had—the facts.

Jesus is never unaware of the facts. Simply put, He knows. He knows the details of your life, as well as your overwhelming concerns. Philip’s short answer was: “Lord, no. It just can’t be done, and there are three reasons why …

  • There are too many people.
  • There’s not enough money.
  • It’s too late in the day anyhow.”

Sad to say, I still find that attitude here and there as I travel.

You’ll see it in some churches, and you’ll find it in the hearts of some people. Too much. Too little. Too late.

Suddenly, Andrew stepped up alongside a young child with his basket lunch of two small fish and five small loaves of bread. Just as Andrew was about to take delight in the fact he had found a possible solution, he caught a glimpse of the multitude and then said, “There is a lad here, but on second thought, I’m sorry I brought him, because what is this among so many?” (6:9).

At that very moment, Jesus asked for an investment—an investment of faith primarily, but also an investment of resources. The Savior looked at the child and said, “Son, if you will do just one thing, I can feed this crowd. Transfer what is in your hand into mine.”

That was the only instruction then and it’s the only instruction now. Just transfer the contents of your hand; but, inherent in that command is trust, abandon, confidence, and surrender to the Master.

Can you do that?

Dr Timothy Hill

Dr. Timothy Hill currently serves as General Overseer of the Church of God. He has also served as the general director of World Missions; First Assistant General Overseer; Second Assistant General Overseer; Secretary General of the Executive Committee at the International Offices of the Church of God; Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church of God; and as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Southern Ohio and Oklahoma. Hill graduated from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1987, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2006. Hill has released a book entitled, “Beyond the Mist,” which has also been translated into Spanish. He has authored five books of sermons and written 150 gospel songs over the past 32 years. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top artists in gospel music. Hill is the author of the number one song, “He’s Still in the Fire,” which was voted as Song of the Year by Gospel Voice Magazine.
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