Devotion: Monday, August 6, 2018

A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives. 

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from John 6:26-27, where the Bible says,

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.”

Food that Lasts!

Mark Twain said it best, “It ain’t the verses in the Bible that I don’t understand that bother me, it’s the ones that do!” This is one of those verses. There are all kinds of reasons that people dismiss the uniqueness of Jesus. They feel that God has let them down. They feel that they are doing just fine without Him. There are even those who believe that God has blessed them abundantly, but this “believing in Jesus as Savior,” well, that’s just too much. Incredible. But that’s what we see in this event in the life of Jesus today. He engages people who are chasing Him down because He has performed miracles and wonders. He has blessed them. He fed people miraculously, but that’s all they wanted from Him. They wanted all the things of God that they could get, but they wanted them on their terms alone. It’s the oldest sin of all. It’s wanting a life with God and with others on our terms alone, one where we are in control.

Jesus responds clearly…You seek the food that spoils, seek the food that lasts, namely ME. A few verses later He gets even more clear when He says, “This is the work of God that you believe in the one whom He has sent.” In other words, “Trust in me…that’s the food, the life, the joy, the peace… that lasts.” Wow! Pretty straight forward…but understanding and trusting that Word challenges every aspect of our lives, doesn’t it?

It’s summer. It’s a time when many of us get a chance to step away from the grind, to seek a little time off, to be refreshed. Let this be a time for you spiritually as well to reassess just who is the one whom you seek to follow. We all have ways in our lives where we have tried to take control of things on our own terms alone. We all have sought the “bread that spoils” as the answer to our problems. Jesus calls us to faith so that we can begin to live life IN HIM in all those ways. We can strive for excellence IN HIM. We can seek to live lives of wisdom IN HIM in all of our vocations and service. We can start to see the implications of what it means to be a person who has “received from Him the bread that lasts” and then begin to live in that reality each day for those He brings into our paths.

So, if you are on the beach, at a hotel, or just relaxing in the backyard, think about what it means to be refreshed, fed, by the One who loves you more than you can ever know. And, then think about getting back to work with a spring in your step that comes from faith IN HIM. God bless!

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we work so hard to have things in this world. Please forgive our neglect of the greatest blessing of all, your gracious work for us on the cross. Let that truly refresh and empower our lives in You each day. AMEN.