JUST ASKING

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.” … So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?” [John 6:26,30 (NIV)]

white ibisPeople flocked to Jesus but many came for His miracles and what He could do for them. After all, He gave sight to the blind, calmed storms, gave excellent fishing instructions, cured the paralyzed, freed people from demons, healed the sick, raised the dead, turned water into wine, fed thousands with next to nothing and could make money appear in the mouth of a fish. They wanted miraculous signs like the manna given to the Israelites by Moses. Jesus, however, corrected them. The manna wasn’t from Moses—it was from God. Moreover, that manna only lasted one day—the true bread from heaven, the bread Jesus offered, would last for eternity. Jesus wasn’t there to sustain life with something perishable but to give life with something everlasting!

Why do we come to Jesus? Do we come for worldly reasons? We may not expect him to provide the food and drink for our next party but are we seeking Him for other things we think we can get from Him? By joining a church, are we seeking friends or status? Do we have a personal agenda like politics, business contacts or help from the parish? Are we motivated to seek Jesus in pursuit of health, success, comfort, emotional experience, or hope? Do we go to church for our advancement or to advance His kingdom? Do we want to be glorified for what we do or glorify Him with what we do? Do we want to feel loved or do we want to love Him and His children? Do we want His joy without our obedience or His forgiveness without our repentance?

Like the woman at the well, do we want His water so we don’t have to walk to the well and fill our jugs? Like the people who followed Jesus to Capernaum, do we want him to miraculously satisfy our daily physical needs? Are we little better than Judas, following Him for the pieces of silver preached in the prosperity gospel? Are we looking for material possessions and wealth or spiritual gifts and the Fruit of the Spirit? Do we seek Him for what He can do for us or for who He is? Do we look to Jesus to take whatever is in His hand or do we come to offer Him what is in ours?

Just asking…

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. [Matthew 6: 31-34 (NIV)]

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