March 23, 2010

Leftovers...

"When they were full, He [Jesus] told His disciples, "Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted." So they collected them and filled 12 baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten." John 6:12-13

Jesus' miracle of feeding 5,000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fish is probably one of his better known miracles, right next to turning water into wine. Even if you didn't grow up around Christians you may have heard that Jesus did these two things.

A couple of phrases stick out to me here. "When they were full....so that nothing is wasted".

Being full is a great feeling isn't it? You know when you've hit that point because you sigh. Its a sigh of contentment. When the people were content...Jesus still had leftovers.

Typically I'm not a fan of leftovers. They're o.k., but food is always better the first time around. Sometimes I have the best intentions of eating the leftovers, but more often than not they get thrown away.

Not so with Jesus. The leftovers were collected so that nothing was wasted. This specific instance it was food leftovers that were not wasted--but I think it can also be said of our life leftovers.

Jesus doesn't waste what we think are leftovers. He collects them, redeems them, and reuses them.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the encouragement - MOM

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CTrax said...

One thing to be pointed out here, was that the "baskets" of food collected weren't massive baskets. The baskets acknowledged here were small - and held enough for one days' food. And, there just so happened to be enough food for each disciple to have one basket. Food for thought.