Overflowing Grace: What They Did with The Leftover Fish and Bread

Overflowing Grace: What They Did with The Leftover Fish and Bread – In the Gospel of Matthew, we read about the miraculous feeding of the multitude by Jesus, where he multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed thousands of hungry people. This extraordinary event not only demonstrated Jesus’ divine power but also carried profound spiritual significance. Beyond satisfying physical hunger, it conveyed a message of abundance and grace that continues to resonate with us today. In this blog post, we will explore what happened with the leftover fish and bread after the feeding of the multitude and the lessons we can draw from this remarkable incident.

Overflowing Grace: What They Did with The Leftover Fish and Bread

Read Matthew 14.

Stewardship of Blessings:

Upon witnessing the miraculous feeding, the disciples gathered the fragments of leftover fish and bread. This act of stewardship teaches us the value of not wasting God’s blessings. Just as they carefully collected the remnants, we are called to be mindful of the resources and gifts God bestows upon us. It reminds us to appreciate and use these blessings responsibly for the betterment of others and the glorification of God.

Recognizing God’s Abundance:

The abundance of leftovers after everyone had eaten to their fill symbolizes the overflowing grace of God. It demonstrates His limitless capacity to provide for our needs, both physically and spiritually. The multiplication of the fish and bread reminds us that God can take the little we have and turn it into an abundance that surpasses our expectations. As Christians, we should learn to trust in His providence and have faith that He will always provide for us, no matter how dire our circumstances may seem.

Sharing and Community:

The act of sharing food in a communal setting is an essential aspect of Christian fellowship. The feeding of the multitude highlights the significance of coming together, sharing our resources, and supporting one another. The miracle underscores the importance of unity and the strength that can be found in a community that is willing to share and care for each other. It encourages us to look beyond ourselves and extend a helping hand to those in need, knowing that our actions can have a transformative impact on their lives.

Lessons in Discipleship:

The disciples’ involvement in distributing the multiplied fish and bread teaches us valuable lessons in discipleship. They were active participants in the miracle, serving as instruments of God’s grace. This reflects the call for Christians to be actively involved in God’s work and to participate in His plan for the redemption of humanity. Like the disciples, we are called to be vessels of God’s love and grace, spreading the Gospel and ministering to those around us.


The Bible doesn’t specifically tell us what they did with the 12 baskets full of the pieces of fish end bread. I’d say it wasn’t wasted! But it does show the cup over flowing mercy of God. It wood shows He will provide.

The feeding of the multitude is a powerful testament to God’s abundant love and His desire to care for His people. The lesson of not wasting blessings, recognizing God’s abundance, fostering community through sharing, and embracing our role as active disciples is an enduring message that remains relevant to our lives today. As we reflect on this miraculous event, may we be inspired to live a life of stewardship, generosity, and compassionate service, always trusting in God’s overflowing grace.

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A Christian Blogger that enjoys blogging about the Bible, Theology, God, Jesus Christ, Christian Music, Family, Cats, Odd Holidays, sewing and much more. I have been blogging since 2004, however, I have been blogging on Courageous Christian Father since 2012. I enjoy listening to Christian Music. I am married with 1 daughter, 2 step-sons and a step daughter.

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