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We are such creatures of habit. Whenever we can find a way to save labor or get freebies, we are all about finding the way to take full advantage. Jesus knew that. He also accepted that the crowds that were chasing him largely consisted of folks that were intrigued by the miracles and hopeful for more free food. Jesus wanted to explain to the people that his role is to give them eternal life; not simply daily nourishment.  Jesus his hope was that while the miracles drew the crowd, the message would change their lives. Free food never satisfied for long. The crowd would want more and better. Restoration of their spirits and relationship with God–that would last forever. 

 What about us? Why are we following God?  Is it because we love him and want eternal life with him? Are we seeking God for what he can do to provide food for today and free wealth here on earth? If that is so, then we are not any different than the crowd that chased after Jesus. He wants us to follow him, simply because we long for more than this world can offer. He wants us to understand that his provision is for our eternal life. If we are willing to secure for ourselves his eternal gift, then he will provide for us on earth and in heaven. In Matthew 6:33, he said it best, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

 God Bless You

“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.”

To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works?”

Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.”