Bible Reference: John 6:27-29
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)
Bible Text: 27 Why would you strive for food that is perishable and not be passionate to seek the food of eternal life, which never spoils? I, the Son of Man, am ready to give you what matters most, for God the Father has destined me for this purpose.”
28 They replied, “So what should we do if we want to do God’s work?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work you can do for God starts with believing in the One he has sent.”
OBSERVATION: I believe that the very thing that Jesus saw as most important for the crowd following Him, is still the most important thing for us to concentrate on today – Believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger]. Meditate with me today on what seems to be the top priority in our lives.
APPLICATION: It is a real challenge for us to think outside of our ‘box’ that we have built around ourselves. Because of that we find it challenging to see things in the way it is presented to us by someone else, for we try to cram their ideas into our little box. Imagine this crowd that Jesus had just fed, and who had also witnessed His miracles. Don’t you know that they wanted to stay close to Him so that their every little ache could be attended to, and that there would never be a shortage of food again? But Jesus challenged them with what He knew to be the most important thing that they should give attention to. Notice how He told the crowd what His Father would expect from those that desire to follow Him. I find that so intriguing, because way too often we find it necessary to share what we think is best for an individual. Friends, the world needs more of Jesus, not more of us. For we are mere sinners looking to the Master ourselves for what we could learn from Him, and discern from Him for our daily path. Oh that the world might find Jesus, even when they are trying to get the attention and ideas of His children. In our focal verses today, Jesus showed us the importance of having God first in our lives, of striving to get guidance of God more than any advice that we could get from our pastor, our teacher, elder or friend. As a student of the Word of God, I believe it is safe to say that seeking God first will lead to us each day to live more like Him and to allow others to see Jesus in the way we live and in the things that we say. Let’s do our very best to seek the Lord while He may be found, and then rejoice in the way that He is magnified in and through us to bring more honor and praise to Himself. I believe that when we make these types of commitments and set this type of priority, the praises of our King will be manifested in and through us each and every day.
PRAYER: Lord, we life Your name on high, and we exalt Your name above every other name. AMEN!