TUESDAY, MARCH 16
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.”
John 6:26 (ESV)
JESUS MAY NOT BE SATISFYING IF I AM FOLLOWING FOR THE WRONG REASONS
When the Cornerstone Bank, in Waco, Nebraska, was robbed of some $6,000 in November of 2012, the bank employees were able to give the police a fairly good description of the teenage girl who pulled off the crime and the car in which she escaped. As it turned out, the investigators didn’t really need those descriptions, because the thief recorded a YouTube video, titled “Chick bank robber,” boasting of her criminal prowess.
Fanning out the cash in front of the camera, 19-year-old Hannah Sabata held up a sign that read, “I just stole a car and robbed a bank. Now I’m rich, I can pay off my college financial aid, and tomorrow I’m going for a shopping spree.” Hannah’s brief criminal career ended later that week when police took her into custody.
Hannah’s signs clearly told the police who she was. And in the gospel of John, Jesus fed 5,000 men bread as a sign telling people He was God. The problem was the crowd missed it. Jesus went straight to the heart of the matter. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” It is as if Jesus said: “You cannot think about your souls for thinking of your stomachs.”
Jesus cares about your physical needs but, more importantly, He cares about your spiritual needs. Often people want the Lord to meet their physical needs but not their spiritual needs. List a few reasons why you need Jesus to satisfy your spiritual needs more than your physical needs.
Praise Jesus for being the Bread of Life and His desire to fill you spiritually. Ask God to purify you motives for following Him.