KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:12 KJV “When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”
After the Lord had performed the miracle of feeding so many people, He asked His disciples to collect all the fragments so that none will be lost. Someone may say, since it cost nothing to produce it, then one may not worry too much about the left overs. Well God does not entertain irresponsibility. God our father has nothing bad or wrong with Him. He works to perfection in all He does. The Lord Jesus as a mentor to His disciple was careful to give His disciples the best of tutoring as possible. He would therefore give no grounds for irresponsibility in any form whatsoever. Lack and poverty comes from a life of carelessness and not taking care of details. Those who overlook so called insignificant things end up as great losers. He said nothing must be lost or gone to waste.
The story of the prodigal son, as told by the Lord was about one who was simply irresponsible about life. Luke 15:13 KJV “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” The end results of such a life is shame, lack and a miserable life. This should never be the lot of any child of God. Unfortunately, there are many Christians who are very poor. The cause of this, is lack of diligence to care for what is placed in their charge.
The Lord does not want wastage because wastage ends in poverty.
God does not want His people to be poor. The Lord said, ‘the spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to preach to the poor.’ Luke 4:18a.
Wastage is not only about not allowing things to go bad. It relates to every area of lack of diligence.
The student who is lazy with his studies is causing a form wastage to his or her future prospects in life. The worker who goes to work late is causing wastage. The father who does not use his money judiciously is also causing serious wastage. Some of them are so irresponsible at home, such that, there is always ‘war’ at home. This happens because they refuse to be responsible with their monies.
Most African countries suffer from this condition. There is so much wastage in various sectors of the economy.
If African leaders would stop the gross wastage going on in their countries, the donor countries would rather be coming to us for assistance.
We have raw materials, vast lands, good weather and an abundant sunshine, why should Africa be poor? May we heed to the Lord’s instruction and stop the wastage.
THOUGHT: WASTAGE = POVERTY,
Proverbs 10:4 KJV “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
Proverbs 13:4 KJV “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”