Day 6 [April 3]
“…everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life…” [John 6:40]
This chapter recounts events in the life of Christ that occur approximately one year before the crucifixion. It contains some great examples of Christ’s supremacy over all things like the feeding of the 5,000, which interestingly enough is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels.
I love this story for a lot of reasons, but one cool thing is that in the end the skepticism of the disciples [v.7-8] is met with exact and specific provision [v.13]. Twelve lunch baskets! Coincidence? I think not.
Jesus goes on to walk on water and to teach about the bread of life. He challenges the people not to “work for food that spoils, but food that endures to eternal life.” [v.27] Later, many of His disciples turn back and no longer follow Him. The reality is that not everyone will be part of what God wants to do, but when we give all we have to Him…even if it is just some fish and bread…He will use it to draw many to Himself.
As we continue to set things aside for Him, we are choosing to seek “food” that endures…not food that spoils. We are giving up our “lunches” so that more people can look to the Son and have eternal life. [ref v.40] We are setting aside the things that spoil so that God will be glorified in, around, and through us as a church. Ask God if there are other “little” things in your life today that He wants you to give up for Him to use.
I look forward to seeing you there as we worship the King of kings and Lord of lords together this weekend.
Lord Jesus – Take the little things in our lives and use them to perform miracles that lead people to You. You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. Let us be a church that enables thousands of people across this region to find life through You.