August 4

John 6: 24-29

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” vs. 27

Jesus was no fool. He knew that the crowds gathered at every stop because the people wanted something from him…mostly they were looking for healing but now they were also expecting to be fed. And it wasn’t that he begrudged them their concerns. He consistently did what he could to help. But he knew that he had much more to give…in him people could find satisfaction that went beyond health and wealth. Even now we’re confused about such things. It would seem that most of us yearn for that which does not satisfy…we want material goods, food for our bellies and luxuries for retirement. Some preachers even make that the center of their ministries and promise riches and prosperity to all who follow their teachings. Some folks check their portfolios on a daily basis…if stocks are going up they’re happy campers…they bask in the promises of healthy returns. Jesus calls such things the food that perishes and recommends that we pursue instead the food that endures for eternal life. Some folks have figured that out and have contentment in daily living. They know that all the blessings are a gift…and not something to be earned.

Thought for the Day: Describe the food that endures for eternal life.

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