Attending church on Sundays and a mid-week bible study gives Christians the opportunity for spiritual nutrients and substances; but with further participation and fellowship (on a regular basis) will create a steady and regular spiritual growth.
How would you describe your daily spiritual diet: Junk food? Frozen food? Baby food? TV microwave food? Meat and potatoes? Pure bread and wine? Billy Graham said “God will satisfy the hunger and thirst of those who desire His righteousness, because He loves the world with an undying affection.”
A crowd that witness Jesus feeding the five thousand folks (including themselves among the five thousand) have been following Him from previous eye witnessing miracles of healing (v.1-2).The next day this same crowd noticed that Jesus and His disciples were gone (left sometime during the night); so the crowd got into the boats to begin their search for Him (v.22-24). After searching, they found Him and asked “When did you get here?” (v.25) as if the crowd were called “followers”, “believers” and/or a new Jesus fan club.
Jesus doesn’t answer their question, instead He calls them out “…you looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (v.26). This showed the crowd present situation, their current faith and agenda; their focused on material things, less on spiritual things.
Jesus uses their interest in food (their focus on material things) to illustrate that the food He offers is different; not of the physical realm but spiritual. “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (v.27). Jesus was indicating that He was God’s plan and purpose for the crowds spiritual needs; the same way like God providing for the folks that left Egypt (Exodus 16). Jesus was there, standing by and ready to give that spiritual nourishment… but for those truly desire and seek it (John 14:6, Matthew 7:7-8).
The crowd asked “What we must do…” and “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?” Jesus answered “…believe in the one he has sent.” (v.28-30). Keep in mind that the crowd has seen miraculous signs beforehand and yet asked Jesus again for proof; it’s almost as if their mind is like a CD player stuck on repeat, playing the same track over and over again.
This leads us to two closing/application questions: Do you have any doubts? Do you know anyone that is doubting? As we end, let’s continue thinking and reflecting upon these two personal questions this week; it will guide us and set the stage for the second part of “Spiritual Diet” covering John 6:31-40.
- What is the main reason you follow Jesus?
- What type of bread are you today: All natural? Rye? Moldy? Crusty? Fresh? Easy to butter up?
Matthew 7:24-27, James 1:5-8; 2:21-23