Lesson in The Leftovers

All week long we have had friends in town from Centerton, Arkansas.  A group of their senior adults have served meals for us ever day.  They are wonderful servants of The Lord.  I have noticed that they are so busy serving that they do not eat until last.  They wait and watch as they serve the food until the supplies have dwindled.  This reminds me of this week’s Bible Text in Mark 6:30-44.  Pay particular attention to verse 31 and verses 41-43.

31 Then Jesus said, "Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile." He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn't even have time to eat.

41 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.42 They all ate as much as they wanted,43 and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish.

Things were so busy they couldn’t even take time to eat.  Have you ever felt that busy?  Me too.  Then Jesus begins producing this awesome miracle but the disciples don’t get any of it.  They have to serve thousands of fish dinners while their stomach is growling.  They didn’t just wait until the first serving was distributed but they had to wait until everyone had as much as they wanted.  Surely, they wondered if they would get any.  With a crowd that size, would there be enough?  

God’s miracle included them too!  After they met every need they discovered that there were twelve baskets full of leftovers.  Maybe you don’t like leftovers…but after a long day that included watching a multitude have a feast…those baskets (one for each disciple) surely looked more appetizing than any steak dinner you and I have ever enjoyed.  

Their are several lessons in the leftovers for us.  Here are three:

1. God knows our needs and will meet them in His Time and in His Way. 

2. A humble servant of Jesus will serve first and trust God for their own provision.

3. While handing out God’s resources we need to remember that He hast them in abundance.  We don’t need to withhold blessings from others because we might not have enough for ourselves.

Can you think of a way that God has met your needs as you have served others?  Speaking of abundance, did you know that Jesus promised you an abundant (full and satisfying) life if you will but trust and follow Him as Lord and Savior?  Read it here in John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.