Today’s Tasting: John 6
This chapter tells the moving story of Jesus feeding thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish. This display of his great power validates his purpose to the people. They are in awe of this miracle and say “surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world” [John 6:14 NIV].
That evening, Jesus’ disciples take a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum.
16By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
The crowd that Jesus fed took boats as well in search of Jesus. When they found him they asked how he got there.
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.”
28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
Today’s Nourishment: Many seekers of God are perplexed about what He wants them to do. Religions all over the world have attempted to answer this question. Religion is their interpretation of His word.
Jesus’ answer, however, is very simple: “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” [John 6:29]
This is mentioned again in John 6:47, “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.”
Sometimes the worldly interpretations of the bible are hard to sift through. With so many different religions, beliefs and variations of His word, it can be disheartening when trying to seek Jesus. Sometimes doubting if you are living a good enough life or doing the right things can harm your relationship with the Lord. But Jesus tells us, the work of God is believing in Him. You’re already doing His work by proclaiming your belief in Jesus Christ!
Pour yourself into His word and share your faith in Him to any that will listen. Just as he tells the people who he fed with the loaves of bread and fish, do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life. Jesus is the Bread of Life that we should seek to lift up and exemplify in our lives. Regardless of what the disbelieving world may tell you or how it makes you feel, know that you are enough for Him.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Matthew 15; Mark 7
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