Anything God gives us, He expects us to use Wisely. He expects us to do something with it. If God gives us something like money, influence, etc., we need to use it for God’s Glory.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another #shorts post.
“To waste food is a sin!!” My worldly father often said that. He said it to me and my brother when we were little kids who didn’t want to eat all the food on our plate or other scenarios like that. “To waste food is a sin” is something I remember him saying a lot. So it’s one of the sayings of his that stuck with me, and now I’m the one who says it.
But does the Bible actually say “to waste food is a sin,” word-for-word?? No. Not exactly, anyway. But we can infer this from the Bible without making a stretch or any “mental gymnastics” of any variety. Because one thing the Bible is clear on is that when God gives us something, we must use it responsibly.
So that’s today’s topic. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about my worldly father’s frequent admonition.
Let Nothing Be Wasted
Jesus said “let nothing be wasted.” Let’s start there.
This was in John 6, after the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. After the crowd of 5,000 was fed, Jesus saw there were leftovers which He knew could feed more people. Jesus never said “to waste food is a sin,” but He also knew there was no value in letting leftovers go to waste when they could feed more. How would it Glorify God to throw away food God provided?? And in this particular case He provided it in a dramatic Miracle too.
(12) When they had plenty to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” (13) So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had eaten.John 6:12-13 (CEB)
We know the LORD Provides what we need, as Jesus explains in Matthew 6:
(31) Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ (32) Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. (33) Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:31-33 (CEB)
So if the LORD our Father gave it to us, we should never waste it. Anything He gives us, we must use it to Glorify Him if we can, and if not, we must take it in Gratitude and Praise Him for it. We must be Thankful for whatever God Provides for us.
How can we be Thankful to God for something and put it to good use if we throw it away??
That right there is what I see as the logical basis for “to waste food is a sin.” The Scriptural basis I see is John 6:12-13. Anything God gave us, we should use it as intended, in Gratitude. Throwing it in the garbage does not fulfill that purpose, or the Gratitude. It’s a sin to waste anything God gave us.
The Most Valuable Resource by far
Remember the Parable of the Talents, which is Matthew 25:14-30. I won’t copy the entire Parable here in this blog post. But I’m sure you’re familiar with it.
A rich man goes on a journey. Before he leaves he gives one of his servant five talents (coins), two to another, and one talent coin to the last one. While the rich man was away, the servant with five coins did business with them and made five more. The servant with two coins gained two more. But the servant with one coin buried it in the ground out of fear, where it went to waste from disuse.
When the rich man returned, he was delighted with the servants who used their coins to make more coins. In other words, the ones who used the talents God gave them to do good works and further the Cause of God’s Kingdom. But the man was furious with the servant who buried the coin in the ground, doing nothing with it and letting it go to waste. In other words, this last servant wasted what God had given him by not putting it to use. He did not use his God-given talents to do anything for God or even his fellow man. And for this he faced God’s Judgment.
Take the lesson of this Parable!! Anything God gives us, He expects us to use Wisely. He expects us to do something with it. If God gives us something like money, influence, etc., we need to use it for God’s Glory. We need to use it to further God’s Cause and Evangelize the nations, bringing more Souls back to God.
And of all the things God gives us, the most precious and valuable by far is time. We only have a limited supply of time, and once it’s gone we can’t make any more of it.
We don’t have infinite time on this earth. In all honesty, life is short. Even a life of 80 years is still short. We don’t have infinite time, so we have to use what time we have wisely, for God.
We have to use it attempting to Serve and Glorify God, such as by Evangelizing, or performing the Works of Mercy and Service (Matthew 25:31-46). These are Godly ways to use our time that produce results for God—these are ways we use our five coins to make five more coins for God. There’s a lot more to do than only the two things I mentioned, so get creative!! It brings great Glory to God when we use our God-given creativity to Serve God and humanity in fresh new ways.
To Try Our Best
“Let nothing be wasted.”
“To waste food is a sin.”
It’s true Jesus never said the exact phrase, “to waste food is a sin.” The Bible never explicitly says this either. So this phrase my worldly father so often said, it must be something he heard from his father or someone else. But even if it can’t be found word-for-word in the Bible, “to waste food is a sin” is still a Biblical sentiment.
“Let nothing be wasted.” If God gives us something, we must use it Wisely, for its intended purpose.
If we can’t use it to Glorify God, then we must make good use of it and give Thanks and Praise to God. Think of a sandwich, for example. We don’t really Glorify God with a sandwich. The only way we can use that sandwich to Glorify God is to eat it and keep our flesh body alive. But what we can do is to give Thanks and Praise to God for the sandwich, and eat it in Gratitude, knowing it’s only by God’s Will we even have the sandwich. We also know that so many people in this world don’t have the Blessing of anything to eat, so we must be Grateful if we have food in our house at all!!
To throw out the sandwich or anything else God gives is a waste. And wasting what God gives us doesn’t Glorify Him.
Now, look here. We’re all human, and we all screw up sometimes. And we screw up on this point too. But this is what we have Grace for.
Resources are meant to be used, expended, and even exhausted for their proper purpose. If we use what God gives us Wisely, we should always have what we need when we need to spend it. But we’re all human and everyone makes mistakes. No one is a perfect steward of the money, food, etc. God provides. Everyone slips up and makes mistakes sometimes with resources.
But if we have the attitude of trying our best to avoid waste, we’ll be alright most of the time. If we have the mindset of seeking to conserve what we can, being willing to spend when we need to, and also understanding the true value of what we have, we will definitely cut down on our waste. If we seek to avoid and cut waste, we’re going to be very efficient stewards of what God gives us, even with our inevitable slip-ups here and there.
“To waste food is a sin.” If we keep my worldly father’s advice in mind and try to live by it, surely we’ll waste much, much less of our God-given food than others. And that’s good for everyone; God, ourselves, and others.
That’s it for #shorts Part 28.
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