Jn.6:12,13 – 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.
Everything about this story is amazing; the Lord’s concern for His followers, taking this opportunity to test His disciples, using a little boy for the miracle, and the endless types and shadows of Christ seen in this miracle. This ending of the story is precious. He not only fed everyone until they were satisfied, there were leftovers for each disciple. They had more left over after they fed 5000 than they had before they started. He is more than enough and brings grace upon grace into everything He touches. Here are some comments from Spurgeon on this verse.
“This was that “blessing of the Lord” of which Solomon says that “it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” If you get this blessing on your five loaves and two fishes, you may feed five thousand men with them, besides the women and the children…..Much more than they began with; for it is a law of the Heavenly Kingdom that he who gives to God shall be no loser; his five loaves and two fishes shall turn to twelve baskets full after thousands have eaten, and been satisfied. The more there is of complete consecration to Christ, and his blessed service, the more reward will there be in the world to come; and, possibly, even here.”
This miracle puts on display the blessing that comes upon those who give themselves and their resources to the work of God. I am sure the little boy never forgot the day that Jesus used his lunch to feed the crowds. The disciples never forgot the amazement as fish and bread actually multiplied in their hands. Here is a quote from the Passion Notes on this miracle.
“The miracle took place as the disciples distributed what they had. Each disciple ended up with a basket full of leftovers.”
If you become involved with God’s kingdom work you will not suffer lack. He funds His kingdom, He is just searching for vessels to work through. Give your lunch to him, give your hands to Him. Don’t be surprised when the leftovers are more than what you started with.