July 31

John 6:24-27

“Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.’” vs. 26

Jesus was no fool. He had a pretty good understanding of human nature and he knew folks were more interested in free food than they were in him. For many that’s still how it is! They turn up at church or tune in religious services not to get a closer relationship with Jesus but because they think it might bring them wealth. And pastors today aren’t fools either. Some will gladly hold out promises of riches to those who show up for worship. And people will eagerly snatch up Jesus if they think they can get a crack at the promised good life! And really, none of us are immune to that kind of thinking. We all probably think life will get better for us in every way if we can snuggle a little closer to Jesus. The problem is that Jesus isn’t looking for diners, he was searching for servers–and they’re a lot harder to come by. When we wander in the vicinity of the Word, we get an invitation to follow, and to give our lives for the sake of others. Of course we’re fed along the way, we’re well taken care of, but our primary mission is to serve, sacrifice, and love…and our target will always be the hurting, lonely, and the lost–and sometimes we even get to feed them bread.

Thought for the Day: What do I get out of my relationship with Jesus?

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