Sunday: 5th August, 2018
Reference text: John 6:24-35
John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Even though the basic needs of everyone remains the same, at a higher level, there is greater diversity in what our needs are. Jesus minced no words in letting the people know that the only reason they followed him was their previous experience of a full stomach, hence, they probably expected a continuous filling.
Nonetheless, though their initial mindset may have been only to have their bellies filled, their encounter with Jesus thrust them into a deeper end of water, where they were moved to ask the question: ‘so what must we do to work the works of God?’ They set off on the wrong foot, but they were being steered towards a better place, to a new way of thinking and doing.
Sweetheart, have you wondered if there is a plot for your life? Where are you headed? Does it seem like you are on a course that has a destination in mind or are you living the kind of life Paul mentions in Ephesians 4:17: ‘the aimless kind’. The style of living that has no appreciation for God’s way, but is fuelled by deceitful lusts and insatiable desires.
Regardless of your answer to the question, ‘why are you following me?, ‘ which is not asked directly but is answered by Jesus in the Gospel; it remains clear that in following Him, there is something for you to gain. However, these words ought to guide us ‘let us not allow eternity to disappear from our horizon that we are swallowed up by self indulgence and self-centeredness.
My dear, hunger is recurrent, so if our need for temporary satisfaction is the only fuel employed in our seeking of the Lord; then we still have some way to go. We need to be redirected to focus on Him: to seek God not because we want our stomachs filled, but because we desire to know Him more.
Remember # to answer the question: ‘why have I chosen to follow Jesus?’