When they were filled, he said to his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.…
I. Fragments of TIME. Myriads waste hours, days, years, and find themselves beggars at death.
II. Fragments of INFLUENCE. "No man liveth unto himself." It may be unconsciously exercised; like magnetism it never slumbers, like gravitation it knows no Sabbath. It is ever drawing to the Cross or to ruin.
III. Fragments of CONSCIENCE. Our sins weaken and scatter the power Divine. Some benumb its energy, others flatter it by deceit.
IV. Fragments of FAITH. Christ its faintest beams, they lead to heaven.
V. Fragments of LOVE. Gather up every fragment of retiring lingering affection.
VI. Fragments of CONSECRATION. As the needle always turns to the pole, so our life should centre in God.
(W. H. Van Doren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.