“Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” John 6:12
These are the words of Jesus to His disciples following His great miracle of provision; the feeding of 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes. These words encapsulate the value that Jesus places on the very things which we so often cast away. They also serve as a command to all of His disciples today.
“That Nothing Be Lost”
This was the theme of last weeks West-Africa Sub-Regional Conference. There is a great harvest in West-Africa and it is not God’s will that any should perish. He is calling His people to gather up the fragments. This is why Christ died at Calvary and it is the purpose for preaching the Gospel.
“Caiaphas…prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” John 11:49-52
Rev. Adams, Missionary to Benin/Gabon/Togo, made mention of another Scripture which demonstrats the value of every fragment.
“Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria…” Amos 3:12
Just as the shepherd will take out of the lion’s mouth a leg or an ear, so will the Good Shepherd go to the mouth of the lion to take out the fragments that remain. “The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), but the Good Shepherd never allows him to have the final victory. Even if all that is left of the lamb is two legs and a piece of an ear, the Shepherd will gather up the fragments, that nothing be lost!
Disciples of God, let us fill our basket with fragments!