“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 work 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.”” (John 6:26–27, ESV)
This is a warning Jesus gives to the 5000 that sought him. They have been healed by him, they have been fed by him, and now they want more of what he has to offer. Common sense might think this is a good scenario, but for him who sees the heart of man and lays naked the undercurrents of human approval, he does not say “wonderful, wonderful” but rather “truly truly” – meaning, listen up as I expose the truth.
You are seeking me but not really seeking me, just my blessings
- You missed the sign – the multiplication of the food was not primarily a humanitarian act, but a prophetic act
- You care about food that perishes and have no regard for life that will not
- You want my gifts because they are special, but God has His seal on me, not the bread I bless.
It seems that for the past year, I have come back to this theme again and again. All that God does in our lives is to bring us to Him for whom life is truly about, yet how easy it is to think of life as central and the gifts of Jesus as décor to make it more livable. Jesus is a great add-on. A great team player. A great co-pilot in life. Who would not want him. He offers forgiveness, easing of my guilt, answers to prayer, a sense of peace, perhaps deliverance from my situation. Who would not want all that. But at the end of the day, to want those things that flow from Him is not the same as to want Him. To receive those things is not the same as to receive Him.
Faith and hope and love ultimately has room for one object and one object only, and any object besides God himself, regardless of its source, is idolatry.
Oh heart – believe on Him! Love Him! Jesus is His name.