Then Jesus said to them, “ Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” John 6:32-34
May I ask you a question today? Which is more real to you, the reality of the world or the reality of the Kingdom of God? If we are honest most of us will say the reality of the world. It is what we see, what we hear, what we touch, taste and smell. We experience it with our senses, twenty four hours a day.
Getting by in the world consumes us. Our daily living, our daily being. What we do in life defines who we are in life. Successful, healthy, happy, financially stable; these are all ways that we will gauge how well we and others are doing in life.
However that is not all that there is. Whilst all those things may be good and dandy, they are temporary. The oldest person in modern history lived to 120 or thereabout. The average age is about 70. So, however well you are doing, how ever much you have accumulated, however much God has blessed you with on this earth, you are only going to have it for about 70 years.
What happens in the rest of eternity? What will you have then? This whole passage, including today’s scriptures are asking us to consider that there is more to life than the physical. It is asking us to consider where our physical gifts, abilities and talents originally come from and what else do we have in life.
Now there are two main types of people in the world. Those that believe that there is a spiritual dimension to life and those that don’t. I belong to the ‘more to life than this’ camp and my devotionals are aimed at those who also believe in more. We will,for the sake of today’s teaching, not consider those who don’t believe.
Now, if you are still with me and also believe in the Kingdom of God, let me ask you, how much have you considered it? Have you thought about heaven and hell? Have you considered how we shall reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12)? Have you thought about the heavenly crowns that are on offer, how we receive them and what will we do with them when we get there?
The Israelites at the time of Jesus thought that they were Israelites because of what they had done or were doing. Their forefathers had left Egypt under Moses great leadership. They had walked in the dessert being fed manna (bread) and quails. They had fought the enemies in the Promised Land, they were now observing the law. They were Jews because of their ancestry and their activity.
Jesus looked at them and said, “You are nothing and your history counts for nothing if you don’t look at the source.” They were so tied up in themselves, in the things of this world that they weren’t seeing the Kingdom to come, that is already come.
“Moses didn’t do all this stuff. God did!” that was Jesus’ message here. “You only have what you have because of your Heavenly of Father.” They were so fixed on the here and now that they stopped looking to the things beyond, the things above.
Today’s verses remind us this too. We are not here because of our ancestry. As a person, who you parents or your grandparents were does not influence who you are today. “I can’t do this because…” is not valid. You have a heavenly Father for whom noting is impossible. Likewise, “Let me do this, don’t you know who my parents/grandparents are…” is also not valid. We must stand on our own merits, with our own plan, purpose and gifts that God has given us.
As the church worldwide and as the church, i.e. our own congregation, we must not rest on what has been done before. Our denomination is this… or our founders did that. No! We must concentrate on, “Father God is calling us to this. He is blessing us with this. His Spirit is strengthening us to do that…”
We must concentrate on the fact that He is our source, not ourselves. We must stop looking at this world as the be all and end all. We must fi our eyes on the things unseen, these are just as real and will indeed last longer than the things of this world.
Jesus was telling the people, “focus on the spiritual side of things. Focus on the source.” Their response was, “ How do we do this?” His reply was, “Believe in Me!”
Today we must focus on the spiritual. Today we must rip our eyes off of the east see things and focus on those things that are lasting, spiritual, eternal. I have just thought of this as I type…
Have you ever seen a “Magic Eye” picture. You look at the picture on the page and if you go sort of cross eyed and lost focus, a new picture appears. This is a 3D picture, hidden within the obvious main picture. It is always clearer, bigger and more impressive that the original, but you have to re focus to find it.
That is what the Kingdom is like. We have to refocus to see it. But when we do, we will realise that this is where the importance in our lives can be found. This is where our success, health, happiness, wealth and stability lie. This spiritual realm feeds our physical realm and we need to consider Kingdom life equally as much, if not more than our earthly life.
Our Father gives us bread from heaven. In other words, ir is He who daly sustains us, feeds us, provides for us, guides us. Let us take our focus off of ourselves and put it where it truly belongs, on our loving Father.
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