Verse: John 6:27, 35
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you…I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Have you ever found yourself in front of the fridge trying to decide what to snack on? Have you ever been hungry, and instead of eating something healthy you eat something…well…not as healthy? Yeah. We’ve all been there.
Jesus has just fed 5000 people with a miraculous reproduction of bread. They are following him now because they want more food. They are physically hungry. But Jesus is using this miracle to point to a greater need: their spiritual hunger.
And his message is: just like we sometimes fill our physical hunger with unhealthy food, we often fill our spiritual hunger with “food that spoils.” The food that spoils is the world and all that the world promises. When we “work for food that spoils” we pursue all the things that the world says will satisfy us. You know what those things are right?
And you also know that it spoils. All that the world offers looks and tastes good at the beginning, but it spoils. It doesn’t offer you the life, peace, joy, and meaning that your soul is deeply searching for.
Only Jesus, the true bread of life, will satisfy your deepest hunger in life. And when you allow your soul to feast on his word and spirit, you will not be hungry anymore.
So instead of chasing the world’s definition of success, or joy, or meaning, or pleasure: can we learn to seek the kingdom of God first? And then, as Jesus said, everything else will be added unto us!
God I pray that you would show me when I am pursuing things that aren’t you. Help me to see when I am using false substitutes for your life, and help me to refocus back onto you and your life for me!
Author: Christian Dunn