Mk.14:20 – And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces: twelve full baskets.
If you follow Jesus, sooner or later, you will be classified as mad. It is inevitable; after all, Jesus Himself was considered to have lost His ever lovin’ mind even among His family. Walking on water, turning water into wine, hanging out with fishermen, tax collectors, and hookers; there is really no other explanation, Jesus had lost it.
That’s what everyone thought when He was determined to feed thousands of people with a little boy’s lunch. “Really Jesus! This is just a little too weird.” That’s the way it was until the food multiplied and there was extra left over, twelve big baskets full!!! Giving money and goods away doesn’t add up to the natural mind, it just makes no sense to give your stuff away; after all, you will have less and the poor could just go ‘get a job’. But when you understand God’s math, giving away always pays off. Here is how Spurgeon describes The blessing of God’s overflow.
“When the feast was finished, there were fragments to be gathered. This is a part of the history of the loaves-they were not lost; they were eaten, but they were there; people were filled with them, but yet there was more of them left than when the feast began. Each disciple had a basketful to carry back to his Master’s feet. Give yourself to Christ, and when you have used yourself for his glory, you will be more able to serve him than you are now; you shall find your little stock grow as you spend it. Remember Bunyan’s picture of the man who had a roll of cloth. He unrolled it, and he cut off so much for the poor. Then he unrolled it, and cut off some more, and the more he cut it, the longer it grew. Upon which Bunyan remarks – ‘There was a man, and some did count him mad;
The more he gave away, the more he had.’”
I have been thinking of these leftovers a lot lately. If you think about it, we are always living from the leftovers of God. We give away what He gives us, and there is always an abundance left for us. I have to agree with John Bunyan, ‘There was a man, and some did count him mad; the more he gave away, the more he had’. Lord, that we could all be stricken with this madness.