John 6: 25-35
John 6: 25-35 : When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave 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.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
Yesterday I shared about my tiredness, which is a real theme with me right now! On one level I am cool with it, it is my reality and I just have to work with what I have. And I know that God is teaching me through this time of tiredness, as quite often when my resources are depleted I am reminded of the need to rely even more on God.
And then I read this passage.. wow! Here the disciples are keen to serve Jesus, they want to do all they can in their power to impress Jesus, to be all out for God. But the issue is that they are still very focused on what they can do and who they are. Jesus spots this and directs their view from themselves to Him.
What work must I do? Jesus replies: “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Who provides all I need? Jesus replies: ‘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.”’
So as I start my work day here at Bible Society I am thinking about what I need to do and of how tired I feel, and find this passage seriously challenging. In my work, my interactions, the decisions I am to make, I need to make sure that first and foremost, I am relying on God. Lord I turn to you, give me energy and direction!
Lord I thank you for my tiredness and for this amazing passage and for the reminder of my need to rely on you in all things. I invite you Lord into my day, come Holy Spirit, guide, advise and direct me.
Thanks for your prayers! I slept right through last night and really do appreciate your support.
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