Jesus had just fed this crowd with a little boys fish and chips luncheon. They had seen the disciples leave by boat to cross the sea, but Jesus wasn’t in the boat with them.
John 6:22-26 MSG-The next day the crowd that was left behind realized that there had been only one boat, and that Jesus had not gotten into it with his disciples. They had seen them go off without him. By now boats from Tiberias had pulled up near where they had eaten the bread blessed by the Master. So when the crowd realized he was gone and wasn’t coming back, they piled into the Tiberias boats and headed for Capernaum, looking for Jesus.
When they found him back across the sea, they said, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered, “You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs—and for free. Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.”
What I saw in this describes so many of us today. We’re not following Christ to be like Him, we’re following Christ because of what He can do for us. He wanted them to know the love of God and all they wanted was another free fish dinner.
We need to be hungry for Jesus, not hungry for what He can give us or do for us. If Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and without faith it’s impossible to please God, than we’d better be studying the author. If God is love, why aren’t we practicing love? If this is the most important of all the commandments, why aren’t we loving.
The other morning after listening to a minister on t.v., I posted this on Facebook; Reflex, any automatic, unthinking, often habitual response to external circumstances. Your reflex or knee jerk response, often tells what is in your heart.
Let’s apply this to love, shall we? Not mans love, but God’s love. What is in our heart? What is your reflex when someone says something bad about you? What’s your reflex when things go very wrong in the world? Are you so rooted and grounded in Love that it doesn’t affect you? When you see a need, does Love prompt you to give? When someone cuts you off in traffic, does Love well up in your heart toward that other driver? Love is the last thing I think about in that arena!
Father, I’ve failed in my love walk so many times! I’m pretty sure that most of the time, others don’t see You when they look at me. Forgive me for having wrong motives and hidden agendas. Fill me with Your love so that I am full to overflow. As I draw close to You, may all that is in me be changed until I reflect You in all I do, in all I say, in all that I am. I don’t want to be close to You so I can get stuff that I need, I want to be full of Your Love so that I can BE all You need me to be. It’s in Jesus’ name. Amen