John 6 has become one of my “slow” chapters. I can’t just read through it on a reading plan anymore. I grasp at the air sometimes trying to understand.Continue reading “The call to be “FULLY IN” with Christ”
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. — John 6:27
Lord, there are too many times I come to you or look to you just because I need something. There are too many times I look to others because I need something. Continue reading “Seeking his face, not his hand”
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?” (John 6:60-61, NIV)
Contrary to contemporary “religious” belief… excuse me, “spiritual” belief… Jesus will not just give you a sloppy wet kiss and hug you into heaven.
He will hit you in the place where your “little god” dwells. For the Jews in this passage, it was right in their breadbox… literally. (You need to read the whole chapter.)
We all have our tendency to live as “little gods.” This is the problem right from the Garden of Eden.
Our pride. Our ego. The things we think are “okay,” and are “just who we are.” Those things. Jesus will go after them. They stand in the way of his true love.
Realize this: He isn’t offending you because it’s fun. He is offending you because of his great love. Love is being able to speak the truth without fear of reaction. Sometimes that comes across as offensive. Believe me, when I’m dealing with my own “little gods,” Jesus is downright offensive to me. Then… I realize he’s right.
Jesus did not say to them, “Oh, I’m sorry… did I just hurt your feelings? Let me try that again.”
Once he knew he hit a nerve, he kept drilling.
Let the little gods go. It’s not worth the offense.
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.” (John 6:26-17, NIV)
So much of the time Jesus had crowds following him to see the miraculous. This crowd was even more fickle than that. He had fed them the bread and fish and they followed him around the lake to be with him again.
We settle for so little when it comes to “following” Christ. We will settle for a feeling. We will settle for an experience. We will settle for feeling a little bit better about ourselves.
Jesus thins this crowd out in John 6 by letting them know there is so much more. He offends them so they will just move off if they don’t care to stick around and understand.
Don’t follow Jesus for your own shallow reasons. It’s not about the feeling. It’s not about the experience. It’s not about your appeasement of some feeling. It’s about JESUS being life.