MUSINGS – October 21, 2018


Mark 8:1-9
About that time there was once again a large crowd with nothing to eat. Jesus called his disciples and said to them, “I feel sorry for the people. They have been with me three days now and have nothing to eat. If I send them home before they’ve eaten, they will become exhausted on the road. Some of them have come a long distance.” His disciples asked him, “Where could anyone get enough bread to feed these people in this place where no one lives?” Jesus asked them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” They answered, “Seven.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. He took the seven loaves and gave thanks to God. Then he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples to serve to the people. They also had a few small fish. He blessed them and said that the fish should also be served to the people. The people ate as much as they wanted. The disciples picked up the leftover pieces and filled seven large baskets. About four thousand people were there. Then he sent the people on their way.

Bread and fish! Once again Jesus feeds a multitude. Once again everyone had as much as they wanted. And once again there were leftovers. Our God is a God of abundance. Malachi 3:10 says
Bring one-tenth of your income into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the LORD of Armies. “See if I won’t open the windows of heaven for you and flood you with blessings.” And Luke 6:38 reads, “Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. The standards you use for others will be applied to you.” And Jesus declared, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)

Yes he is God of abundance and yet not wasteful. The disciples picked up the leftover pieces and filled seven large baskets. The scripture doesn’t elaborate on what became of the leftovers. Jesus, who felt sorry for the people, would not have told them to gather the leftovers if he didn’t have a use for them.

What do we to do with our left overs? After our needs are met, do we selfish spend it on things we desire but don’t need? Or do we reinvest it in the Kingdom of God? Remember, “The standards you use for others will be applied to you.” If we give generously, we will receive generously.

Keep in mind, “Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust don’t destroy and thieves don’t break in and steal. Your heart will be where your treasure is.”(Matthew 6:19-21)

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