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Let Nothing Be Wasted

John 6:12

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” NIV

profileMy parents were raised during the depression – my grandmother was a parent during the depression.  My grandmother lived with us or next door to us during my childhood years.  Nothing went to waste around our house.

My grandmother was the original pack-rat – so my dad came by his ways honestly.  When grandmother died – we had to clean out her house.  She had magazines and newspapers from before time it seemed – stored neatly in boxes.  Never know when you might need old magazines and newspapers.  She had stuff that most people would never have saved – but because of the depression – she was taught to let nothing be wasted.

My father must have caught this gene from his mother.  Dad saved everything.  When he died – we had a time going through his stuff – and there is still stuff at my brother’s home and at my mom/sister’s home.  I tell the story often of dad saving a throw-out bearing from a van I use to own because – in his words – you never know when you might need it again – this of a bearing that had broken teeth and I would never use again!  For dad it was let nothing be wasted.  I threw the part in the trash can and he retrieved it – just in case!

We were also taught growing up to clean our plates at meals – let nothing go to waste.  Maybe that is part of why my waistline is so huge today – just saying.

Little did I know that dad and grandma might have gotten this let nothing go to waste mentality from Jesus Himself.  In today’s passage – Jesus had just fed a large crowd and in order to drive home the miracle further – He told them – “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

I’m sure Jesus didn’t want to waste anything – but I believe He wanted them to collect everything to drive home the miracle even further.  Jesus had just fed 5,000 men – not counting the women and children.  He did so with five barley loaves and two fish.  Get the picture – Jesus blessed the food and it multiplied – Jesus is Lord over the created order!  We He ordered His disciples to gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted I believe He did so to drive the miracle home – because they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. (John 6:13)

I use to be a math major in college – five barley loaves and two fish – used to feed 5,000 men not counting the women and children – and afterward they collected 12 baskets full of pieces leftover!  John 6:14 – When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

God is amazing and can do what we think is impossible.  God let’s nothing go to waste – even the opportunity to cement a story into the minds of His disciples – the crowd and His readers (us).  Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth – all things were created through Him and He can help us with what seems impossible to us!  Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  God will not call you to something He will not also equip you to accomplish!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

March 14, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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