Summary: Every little thing has the potential to grow into something big only if you know how to care for it. It depends on your organizational skills and ability to pay attention to small things.
Every little thing has the potential to grow into something big only if you know how to care for it. It depends on your organizational skills and ability to pay attention to small things.
Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."
Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."
Jesus performed a great miracle: He fed five thousand people with two small fishes and five loaves of bread. That was really a miracle! Yet, the most amazing thing in this story is that Jesus did not attach any importance to it. He did not talk big about this great miracle He had performed, as an ordinary man would do. He simply overlooked this exceedingly great event.
As soon as he finished feeding the people, He drew His congregation’s attention away from the miracle to the fragments of the bread left over and the remnants of the fish. It is absolutely amazing! Jesus, the great miracle worker, few moments after performing such a staggering miracle said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost".
Here, He was concerned about the fragments of food that had been left over after the meal! He could simply rework His miracle in order to have whole loaves over again. The question is why did He need those leftovers? What message does He want to communicate through this?
God gave us the answer in this sentence: "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost". The emphasis here is ‘that nothing is lost’. Our Lord treats everything He has created with great care, despite the fact that He has the power to work miracles within the twinkle of an eye. Yet, He is still concerned that nothing be lost. He had provided food for five thousand people, yet He was also concerned about saving the fragments that were left over.
Then, why does God draw our attention to these fragments? To human understanding, these fragments are insignificant details hardly worth caring for. But Jesus teaches us by this case in point to learn to do as He did and focus our attention on the small things in life: in our personal relationship with God, family life and in our ministries.
A lot depends on the small things. A person’s attention is usually taken up by bigger, more noticeable things. Many people do not like turning their attention on small things. They do not like doing little works. They do not like small changes or small blessings. We want to have everything all at once and on a large scale. We want our church building to be enormous and filled with lots of people immediately.