Apostle Grace Lubega
John 6:65-68 (KJV); And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Jesus was often followed by multitudes. Scripture explains in one instance that for a period of three continuous days, they were with him as he preached and ministered. Here were men, women and children seemingly oblivious to their hunger that it took the compassion of the master to meet the need for food for their bodies (Matthew 15:32).
But what truly drove these crowds? Christ unmasked one of their motives in John 6:26, revealing that they followed him because he had fed them. In other words, they wanted him because of what he could do to satisfy their human needs and not what he could do for the destiny of their souls.
It is saddening to a man of God who carries the true burden of the Spirit when he weighs the hearts of his listeners only to find that their hunger is for bread and never for life.
He can see, by the eyes of the spirit, that to some, the presence of God is only useful in as far as it will enable them to find a job, get a spouse, have a child and improve their business. But that is bread, child of God and as surely as the sun rises and sets every day, you will still hunger. Need by nature is a bottomless chasm. Need begets need.
Life is what is eternal and sometimes, through the many teachings that come to our spirits, we must be able to cling to what we know is life. Men seeking after bread abandon the gospel so easily because of the superficiality of their desire. Men who find life can stand even in the absence of bread. They will stay with Christ even when they lose their jobs; stay with Christ even when their relationships are threatened; stay with Christ when their businesses are struggling because they know and see life!
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 15:32, John 6:26
GOLDEN NUGGET: Men seeking after bread abandon the gospel so easily because of the superficiality of their desire. Men who find life can stand even in the absence of bread. They will stay with Christ even when they lose their jobs; stay with Christ even when their relationships are threatened; stay with Christ when their businesses are struggling because they know and see life!
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. You are my strength and the fountain of my life. You are my source and foundation. I refuse to look to the superficialities of life but to the depths of the Spirit, not to my needs but the desires of heaven and eternal purpose. It is these that define my daily existence, in Jesus’ name, Amen.