Elements of Economic Management in Jesus’ Instruction: “Gather up the Leftover Fragments that Nothing may be Lost” (John 6:12).

Abstract

John 6:1-15 reveals certain dispositions that characterize the success of Jesus’ earthly ministry. These include: his sensitivity to the needs of his people, dialogue and collaboration, charity, prayerful dependence on the Father, and prudent management of resources and the avoidance of wastage. These are equally and essentially Jesus’ teaching to all his followers. The avoidance of wastage and the prudent management of resources are underscored in Jesus’ insistence on preserving the fragments of the multiplied fish and loaves in John 6:12. An effective management of a nation’s resources requires among others, these two dispositions. In some nations of the world, and especially in the African continent, these virtues are sometimes taken for granted. The consequences often contribute to underdevelopment. Using the qualitative method of research this work undertakes a narrative exegesis of John 6:12. It uses, consequently, the instruction of Jesus therein as a model to suggest that accountability and frugality are indispensable instruments for any purposeful economic management strategy that is aimed at achieving development. It recommends accountability and the avoidance of waste at both individual and corporate levels

Keywords: Accountability, Common Good, Economic Management, Faith, John 6


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