By; Pastor Jason Swedeen
In the 6th chapter of the book of John, it starts out with the miracle of ‘Feeding the Five Thousand’. Jesus took (5) barley loves of bread and (2) small fish and gave thanks and it multiplied enormously to feed 5,000 men plus women and children. But, in verse twelve, it ends with Jesus telling the disciples to gather up all the fragments, that nothing would be lost. It amazed me to see how, even though this Jesus could multiply the food and have more than enough, He was still very concerned about the fragments that remained, or the leftovers. It, on one hand, reminded me of how our culture has strayed so much from biblical values in that, even though we have so much, yet we are very wasteful with the fragments. It also spoke of what Jesus said in Matthew 10 of how much He cares for you. Jesus says that the Father takes care of the needs of even the sparrows and yet how much more important we are to Him. He loves and takes care of us with such desire and yet He takes care of even the things that may seem to some as unimportant, or the fragments, or leftovers.
This is also true for all mankind as well. There are some of you who feel like you’re the lowest of the low, the scum of the earth for one reason or another. Maybe you were abused as a child or as an adult, whether physically, emotionally, sexually and/or were told that you were good for nothing. Maybe you’ve committed some wrongs toward others that you keep beating yourself up over and thinking you’re no good. Maybe you feel like the fragments that people have left behind, the leftovers of others. Or maybe you have some amazing talents, abilities or differences that make you stand out and people don’t know what to do with you, thereby neglecting you.
In John 6:39 Jesus said, “And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” Jesus cares about you just like He cares about me. What He’s done for me, He’ll do for you. He’ll give you a hope that will not fail and a future that is fulfilling. If you think that you are just ‘a fragment’, or ‘leftover’, in society and ‘who would want me?’, let me remind you that Jesus was interested in the fragments of the bread. He’s interested in you. He will make something awesome out of you if you will let Him. He will even cause you to be multiplied. He came and died for us all so we could live with Him forever and experience His glory.
Whatever you are thinking or whatever position you find yourself in, God loves and cares about you with great passion. I, by the authority of Jesus, the Christ, speak out the declaration of the Spirit of God over you which is saying,
“COME ON HOME……IT’S TIME”.