I know! You’re surprised to have another Bible Bite so quickly, aren’t you? Me too. But when a person is performing homiletics on the book of John in preparation for BSF’s start next month – whelp – I’m deep in the Word and getting hit by the Holy Spirit with all sorts of pearls of wisdom. Ahem … I’ll let you be the judge!
John 6: 1-21 chronicles the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water to meet the disciples in the middle of rough seas. Now you know a million and one sermons can be preached on any of that – but there was one part of the story that hit me squarely in the eyeball (okay, so maybe not quite like that) while I was reading and it was verse 12:
When they were full, He told His disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.” ~ John 6:12
Even after I got through with the homiletics exercise the words of verse 12 haunted me … “so that nothing is wasted.” What did the disciples do with the baskets? Take them with them in the boat for a midnight snack? Send them into town with the women for the local soup kitchen? We don’t know. All we know is that Jesus didn’t want to waste what His Father had blessed.
It’s like that with our lives too. Every believer knows (and if you don’t, please take this truth deep into your heart) that God has blessed us with salvation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
God has blessed us.
Nothing we have done (or will do) will ever go to waste.
Kinda cool and startling isn’t it?
I’ll bet you were like me when you first came to Christ and you moaned and groaned about your past and how awful you were. Yep, you were guilty. We all are. But if you’ve walked with Christ for any length of time you already know that He is using your past for His glory.
Don’t you know that He knew exactly when you’d fall on your knees and open the door for Him to come in?
He knew exactly when He’d bless you with the astounding grace of the cross.
He knew exactly when He would gift you with His Holy Spirit.
He knew everything you did (and will do) and is using it for good. Look at how you’ve grown! Haven’t you marveled that what happened to you 10-20-30 years ago is now incomprehensibly, undeniably a blessing to someone else in your life?
He is so amazing!
To quote a verse in Esther:
“Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” ~ Esther 4:14b
You do know, Christian, that you are part of a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9)? How can we not take Mordecai’s words to Queen Esther as our own? God knew exactly when we would be born. He knew exactly where we would live. We are all where we are for such a time as this.
God wastes nothing.
How is He using your past for His glory?
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!