Leftovers

thJohn 6:11-13,  And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”  Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

Can you even imagine being one of the disciples that day? Think about it, they knew that there were only 5 barley loaves and two fish. They watched as Jesus blessed and broke it and handed each of them a piece who in turn went and distributed it to the 5000 men seated in the grass. Imagine breaking off a piece of bread, handing it to someone, looking back at the bread and it was the same size. They kept breaking and giving, breaking and giving, breaking and giving.

That’s not even the most astounding part; think about the fact that 12 men fed 5000. Hey, back in the day, I worked as a waitress and even on my busiest day, I never served 1000 and I was exhausted. That’s roughly 416 people each, not including women and children. AND they took up 12 baskets of leftovers, so they had to buss their own tables! Perhaps the leftovers were their tip for serving? Jesus said that a workman is worthy of his hire! We are never told where the baskets went but I like to think that the evangelistic Jesus team ate the leftovers for several days afterwards.

We are also disciples of Jesus Christ and each time we serve, He blesses us. Each time we give, He blesses us. We can’t stop giving! There is an inexhaustible supply! I remember recently God told me to reach in my wallet and instead of giving my usual $20 to my stylist, give $40. Fleetingly I thought, that’s all I have but no problem, I will give it for You, Father. Upon arriving home, I realized that I was to have lunch with my sister that day and had no money left. I heard the Lord say, open your wallet and see so I did. There was a crisp $20 bill in there. Leftovers! Oh praise God!

Matthew 10:8, Jesus sent his disciples and said, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” We should have this attitude with our money, our time, our gift, our service-freely give. The supply will dry up if you don’t continue to give. Perhaps we ought to think about what we have in our hands to give instead of, I can’t give because I need it for something else.

Father, You are our everlasting supply. Everything we need is in us because You placed it there. You said You give seed to the sower and bread to the eater. Every time You ask me to give money, time, food, I will give it because there is plenty more where that came from. You never run out. You are my resource. My name is on Your bank account and whenever I need something, all I have to do is ask of You and You will give it to me. Your love for me, I freely give it because the more I give, the more I get back. I ask that this day, I remember the leftovers I have in my basket to give from. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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