Jesus showed us the secret to enduring wealth and prosperity by how he dealt with the feeding of the 5,000 men.
The first valuable lesson he showed us was to always focus on the solution and not the problem.
The problem was that 5,000 men besides women and children were very hungry and did not have anything available to eat. The solution was that a lad had some few loaves and fishes which meant for one child.
Whilst his disciples were frustrated by the sheer magnitude of the problem at hand, Jesus switched to solution mode. He ordered that the hungry men sit in groups and restored calm into the camp. The truth is that prosperity and increase cannot thrive in disorderliness. Show me a people who are poor, and I will show you a people who are disorderly.
The moment order and calm were restored, Jesus took the little resources and unleashed the divine catalyst of thanksgiving on it. The windows of heaven was instantly unleashed and the insignificant suddenly became significant.
He then ordered his disciplines to take the step of faith by sharing the little food in their hands.
Well, the sharing continued longer than they had envisaged. Hours passed and feasting continued. All of a sudden, there was more than enough, and the once hungry folks were struggling to catch their breath because of overeating.
But this phenomenal miracle is not what caught my attention. It was what happens afterwards. Jesus gave an express instruction regarding the leftovers Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
“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.”
John 6:12-13 NKJV
To everyone’s utter amazement twelve basket full of bread were gathered!
The fragments did not look like much whilst they were scattered on the grounds. But the gathering revealed they were huge resources with the potential of going to waste without the intervention of Jesus.
The key lesson here is for us not to be wasteful in our various life endeavors. Wastage is the present cancer that eats up our future prosperity.
There is nothing too small to overlook, the few coins in your pocket, the drinks you buy for acquaintances. The fines you could have easily avoided and the unnecessary self gratifying “shows” are all the fragments which when given the chance can become monumental riches if they are gathered and invested.
For you will be poor tomorrow, not because you earn so little today, but because you had little regard for the crumbs which came your way.
Let us be frugal with any resources we have, especially those which belongs to others.
Be an agent of conservation of resources. Don’t leave the lights on in the office after work, close the taps well after using the washroom, and pay your bills on time to avoid extra fines. Do the right thing always and make sure you sink every cent you consider as leftover into some account and you will be glad you did in some few years to come.
God richly bless you
From the desk of ROL
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