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various gospel readings part 3


10/14/2019    |   Brian Wilmarth

We have been digging into the life of Jesus. We have seen many of his miraculous works and heard some of his teaching to show us the way of the faith and of the Kingdom of God. So much to glean in here!

 

S – Scripture: John 6:26-27

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 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.”

 

O – Observation

The people had just seen and benefitted from a significant miracle of Jesus. Many times, Jesus will heal individuals, and the crowds often observe. Here, the crowd received the miracle. They had their fill of food! So, they follow Jesus to the other side of the sea, looking for more food. In the exchange between Jesus and the crowd, they are prompting him (not so subtly) to give them more food. They are looking for what they can get out of Jesus. Jesus confronts them that the miraculous feeding is not about the feeding itself; rather, it is a sign that points to who He is and the salvation that he brings. By the end of this encounter, Jesus offers a challenging teaching that reveals their hearts, and many decide to leave him. They were seeking Jesus for what they wanted from Him rather than what they truly needed.

 

A – Application

Reading this text, I thought about the number of times I go to the Lord to get something from Him. I seek Him for what He can give me or do for me. I was challenged that I can be just like the crowd in this story. Now, it’s not bad to ask the Lord for things; He actually wants us to. However, I find that my heart sometimes operates out of a “what-do-I-get-out-of-it” motivation. I am concerned about me. I am selfish. But Jesus calls us to deny our selfishness, to lay down our self-prioritization, and our own authority. He calls us to live according to a different paradigm: the kingdom of God. This kingdom has Jesus as King and He promotes life and flourishing. He gives us what’s best, and gives freely. If we remain with Him and we don’t seek our own interests, Jesus provides us what we need and truly want – life with Him!

 

P – Prayer

Lord, you are the Ruler of the world. You have authority over all things. And you freely grant us salvation in your Name. Thank you for your grace. Continue to show us the depths of our heart and the brokenness within, and challenge us to lay down our lives and take up yours. Enable us to remain committed to you, and not seek only what we want from you, but seek you and be about the things you are about. May we also interact with others in the same way. Shape us to look more and more like you, according to your grace and truth. In the name and power of Jesus, Amen.

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