November 28, 2011
"After everyone was full, Jesus told His disciples, 'Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.'” John 6:12
Our family enjoyed quite the Turkey Day. Ham and turkey and all the trimmings one might imagine. We finished our meal, stocked the refrigerator full of the food which remained, and consumed a second round of our Thanksgiving meal again the next day. We were thankful for leftovers. And it wasn't until I read John 6 this past week that I realized how important leftovers are to Jesus too.
John 6 records the account of a little boy who offered all he had--five loaves of bread and two fish--to Jesus as Jesus aimed to feed a crowd which had gathered before Him. Five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 men (not to mention the women and children who traveled with these men). The boy's offering doesn't seem like much but what matters most is that he withheld nothing from our Savior.
I can't help but wonder why the boy had five loaves of bread and two fish. Had the boy come with his family only to give away every last bite of nourishment they had prepared for their journey? Had the boy paid an honest day's wages for the food only to return home empty-handed? Why did the boy bother offering his food to Jesus when it obviously would fail to feed such a crowd?
Jesus took the bread and fish, thanked God for it and distributed the food amongst the people who had gathered. Scripture tells us that everyone ate as much as they wanted (John 6:11). That a crowd which likely exceeded 10,000 was fed by such a small amount of food is just one of the many miracles Jesus performed while on this earth. But what I find just as fascinating is that Jesus took extra care to capture every last piece of the boy's offering.
After the crowd had eaten their fill Jesus said to His disciples, "Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted."
Not only does the story of Jesus feeding 5,000+ teach me that no offering is too small for Jesus to use, it reminds me that nothing goes to waste in God's economy. When we surrender our lives to Him for His purpose and His glory, He promises to use every last bit of our offering for the good of ourselves and for the good of others.
Feel as if you have nothing to offer our Lord? Remember the boy and his fish and bread. Jesus said the harvest is great but the workers are few (Luke 10:2). Offer all you have to Jesus so that He may feed the crowd which stands before Him.
If there is any part of us, any part of our family, any part of our
offering left over, rest assured that He'll collect it in a basket so that none goes to