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Take care of all; let nothing be wasted

Rev. Enoch Thompson | May 13, 2023 | Matthew 14:15-21


They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Matthew 14:20 (NIV)


Yesterday we focused on taking responsibility for Kingdom assignments and looked also at the Kingdom method of handling Kingdom resources for effectiveness. A couple more Kingdom principles are in place for maximizing Kingdom resources.

Firstly, we must engage Kingdom resources for the benefit of all concerned. In our key verse, we learn that “They all ate and were satisfied, . . .” The resources that God gives us must be used to ensure that all are satisfied. In the family, in the church and in the larger society we need to insist on this general satisfaction and defray from situations where sections of our constituencies are removed from the enjoyment of the blessings of God. For those of us at Kingdom resources are not wasted. It is noteworthy that the Lord Jesus, who had the power to keep multiplying food for His followers, ensured that none of what was produced went to waste. In fact, John indicates that the collection of the broken pieces was at the instruction of the Lord; “When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." John 6:12 (NIV). Do we waste time, money, relationships, and opportunities that the Lord gives us? It is time to listen to the directives from above, “Let nothing be wasted."


Do we have a timetable for our day-to-day life? What about a five-year or ten-year life plan? Do we have a budget, or do we just spend as resources come in? We may need to fight impulsive buying and commit to repairing as long as it is financially reasonable, rather than replacing it every time. We may need to develop and practice the discipline of Christian frugality so that nothing is wasted.


Blessed Saviour, abundant provider, I am grateful for all that you have given me in the past, for what I have in the present, and for all that you will give me in the future. Please forgive me for the times I have not used the resources you give for the intended objectives. Please assist me to be prudent in my use of the resources put at my disposal. For your dear Name’s sake, Amen.



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