Throwing away the leftovers



The apostle John says that after Jesus fed about 5000 men with five loaves and two small fish He said to His disciples: “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost” (John 6:12-13 – NKJV). 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.

From the above mentioned words of Jesus we learn that we must not throw away the leftovers, but they must be kept in order to eat them afterwards. Someone may ask: ‘What’s the use of keeping four spoonfuls of soup or a little piece of bread or a few spaghetti?’ Here is my answer: ‘Why should we throw away some things which are still good to eat and which have been sanctified by the Word of God and by prayer? What right have we got to do such a thing?