Am I Satisfied by the Bread of Life?


Last night at church, our youth pastor taught on a passage I’ve not only read, but taught on many, many times, but something jumped out at me as I read it. We were reading about when Jesus fed the five thousand. The people experienced a miracle when Jesus turned the five loaves and two fish into a meal for 5000. However, their amazement didn’t last long.

The very next day, they sought Jesus out. They didn’t search for him because of who he was, but because they were hungry. They felt entitled to another miracle – more food.

We can be the same way. Several years ago, I was convicted of this in my own life. I realized that I had grown to love the gifts God had given to me more than I loved God himself. We need to guard against this. Any good gift that he gives should point us back to the goodness and graciousness of God.

We give our children gifts to express our love. While we hope that they will enjoy the gifts, we long even more that know how much we love them.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” In essence, part of what he was trying to communicate to the people is “I am The Gift. Find your satisfaction in me.” There is nothing greater than knowing Jesus. It’s the relationship that matters, not the gifts.

So, next time God doesn’t grant you your wish, ask yourself this question. Do I only love him when he gives me what I want or will I love him for who he is?

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Tears to Joy: Am I Satisfied by the Bread of Life?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Am I Satisfied by the Bread of Life?


Last night at church, our youth pastor taught on a passage I’ve not only read, but taught on many, many times, but something jumped out at me as I read it. We were reading about when Jesus fed the five thousand. The people experienced a miracle when Jesus turned the five loaves and two fish into a meal for 5000. However, their amazement didn’t last long.

The very next day, they sought Jesus out. They didn’t search for him because of who he was, but because they were hungry. They felt entitled to another miracle – more food.

We can be the same way. Several years ago, I was convicted of this in my own life. I realized that I had grown to love the gifts God had given to me more than I loved God himself. We need to guard against this. Any good gift that he gives should point us back to the goodness and graciousness of God.

We give our children gifts to express our love. While we hope that they will enjoy the gifts, we long even more that know how much we love them.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” In essence, part of what he was trying to communicate to the people is “I am The Gift. Find your satisfaction in me.” There is nothing greater than knowing Jesus. It’s the relationship that matters, not the gifts.

So, next time God doesn’t grant you your wish, ask yourself this question. Do I only love him when he gives me what I want or will I love him for who he is?

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1 Comments:

At April 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM , Blogger writerchick said...

Wow, great insight! I never thought of it like that before. I guess I have some work to do!

 

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