From Consumer to Contributor - Part 2

OPENING PRAYER:

Thank you for your presence in my life.  Help me to know you better as I spend time with you in your Word. Amen.

 

READ:  John 6:25-29

They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

 

REFLECT:

Enthusiasm was still high the morning after Jesus fed a crowd of over 5000 people with five barley loaves and two fish.  They had one thing on their minds – find Jesus.  The people boarded boats and headed across the water to Capernaum to begin their search.  When they found him, Jesus directly challenged their interest by saying it was more about their next meal than the miraculous sign they witnessed. They were quick to deflect his words by declaring higher motives – “We want to perform God’s works too.”

But it wasn’t works that God wanted from them.  Bread and the basics of life would sustain them for a day.  Knowing Jesus would change their eternal destiny.  Believing in the one who could take a simple lunch and turn it into a feast for a crowd would rock their world.

Without meaning to get off track, I often find myself just like the crowd – consumed by daily interests and activities, leaving little room for getting to know the “one God sent”.  The Holy Spirit reminds me that my soul is nourished by spending time in the Word and by talking with my Heavenly Father.  My mind finds peace reflecting on His promises to be with me, to care for me, to defend me.

 

APPLY:

As long as we live, we will have to balance the demands of this world with the eternal.  That tension is best resolved by heeding the words of Jesus.   Knowing Him is our top priority.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

Father, help me order my life as you desire.  Give me the will to make spending time with you and getting to know your Son the first thing I do and not the last.  Amen.

Terry Schneider