Bible Bite: John 6:12

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Bible Bite: John 6:12

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!

10 responses »

  1. We must engage in the action of serving. I don’t believe in a single alter call and zap we’re serving the Lord. God says, we will all receive rewards for the good we have done through His Holy Spirit and in His name. These rewards are based on degrees of Righteousness through Jesus.

    We must pray for His will to override ours so that we may be used. After a time of this exercise in submission, there should be a partnership formed of the highest calling to various degrees. One man’s whisper might be another man’s shout. However, they are equally serving to the degree they have been gifted by God too.

    Then there are those who never seem to get off the ground and spiritually walk in faith, all of this is for God to judge. Let us continue in the work Jesus has called us into, and let us all publicly proclaim The Good News.

    Jesus Bless,
    Lynn ❤

    • I agree with you Lynn. The only thing responding to an altar call shows publicly is that one has the courage to get up and walk down to the front of the church. We can not know what is in the hearts of people – only God can. That’s why its best to look at the fruit that a person produces as a way to believe their individual level of maturity in Christ. Even then, I know people who give of themselves until it hurts so they, like the Pharisees can show that they give give give (their service). Knowing all along that they don’t truly believe in the Gospel. In the end, their salvation is between them and God. Like you, I’d rather leave it to God.

      But I also know that people who are new in the faith and maturing in the faith are both working out their salvation with His guidance. We all work for the Kingdom in differing degrees. Not everyone can be famous and publicly decry His name to the world and not everyone can be a parent steadfastly bringing up their kids. We are placed where we are – in our individual mission fields – to bring Him glory. Something I hope I can do in some way every day until I reach glory!

      Be blessed Lynn and thanks for stopping to comment!
      I love my readers!!

  2. I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as a random act of kindness. God gives us opportunities to serve and if we’re open, he keeps putting those opportunities in our path. Once such opportunity to do something nice for a neighborhood girl — giving her a lift to her church and staying for the service — resulted in my finding a church I loved, meeting the man I love, and ministering to her and her sister in ways that turned out to be significant for them. She went to Heaven, but her sister is now counted among our children and I’m just now learning how my family blessed her, and how blessed we were to be a part of her life when she was a child.

  3. Enjoyed reading your post. I think the biggest waste in this world is a person’s time. People waste their days and give no time to God. I have heard people say through the years – “If you cannot give any of your time to God, why do you expect God to give any of His time to you.”

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