Waste Not, Want Not

“Now gather the scraps,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.” John 6:12 

Are you a good steward of all that God has entrusted to you, or do you waste the many blessings that have been showered upon you by your Creator to be shared with others? 

Jesus walked on the earth just as we do, yet He wasted nothing. He never wasted time even though He did not keep a frantic pace. He never wasted words on those He knew to be unwilling to listen.

And He never wasted miracles, either. 

After Jesus fed the five thousand, as recorded in John 6, He asked His disciples to gather up all that was left over so that nothing would be wasted. 

The old saying “waste not, want not” may seem trite, but it is true. When we are good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us, then we fail to want for anything in God’s good kingdom. 

First Corinthians 4:2 tells us, “Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful." 

God has put you and me in charge as managers of much within His kingdom—time, talents, material wealth, our bodies, and so forth. 

May we manage these gifts in such a way that we will one day hear our Master say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).


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