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Saving the Crumbs

Why did Jesus ask His disciples to save the leftovers after miraculously providing food for thousands of people?

By Alistair Huong

Jesus values frugality and economy. His crumb-saving frugality was most clearly demonstrated in the feeding of the 5,000. (See Matthew 14, Mark 6, and John 6.)

In summary, a huge mass of people numbering 5,000 men, plus women and children, thronged to hear Him speak. It was getting late, everyone was getting hungry, but instead of sending everyone away to get their own food, Jesus asked His disciples to feed them. They found a boy willing to surrender his lunch of five barley loaves and two small fishes. Jesus proceeded to bless the food and multiplied it until everyone in the whole crowd had eaten their fill. Then, He told His disciples to “gather up the fragments,” and they ended up with twelve baskets of leftovers for people to take home! Talk about saving the crumbs!

Here are some practical life lessons on economy and frugal living from this story.

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About the author

Alistair Huong is the executive director of AudioVerse, a nonprofit ministry that offers sermons, videos, and other powerful spiritual resources for listeners. This post was originally published August 28, 2016, on his personal finance blog,