Day 29: John 6:27-40
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
John 6:27-40 (NIV)
Jesus eagerly desired to meet people’s needs. That’s why he provided them the miraculous bread and fish as he taught them spiritual truths. But rather than rejoicing in the kingdom truths they were hearing, truths that brought them freedom from sin and eternal life, they sought out Jesus’ location for more bread and fish.
It’s easy for us to read this and be critical of their actions, but oftentimes we are just like them. It’s so easy to get the cart before the horse. To ask God for this, that and the other, before focusing on the truly important things He asks us to focus on. The Kingdom things.
Jesus clearly told his followers that if they would seek his kingdom and righteousness first, he would provide all they needed as well. But we are so quick to seek him for what he can do for us, rather than pursuing him that we might be in right relationship and enjoy life and have it to the full.
Give thought today to what you are seeking God for and why. Perhaps it’s a great day to just abandon all our perceived wants and needs, and listen closely to our loving Father’s agenda.
Diane Rodden, Executive Assistant