One of the questions that I wrote down as I studied through John 6 this past week was, “Why do I follow Jesus?”  Time did not allow for us to talk about this a great deal on Sunday, but maybe you can take some time to consider it this week.  The question flows out of what Jesus says to the crowds who are following Him for all of the wrong reasons.  In John 6:26-27, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of loaves.  Do not labor for food that perishes, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  For on Him God the Father has set His seal.”  The crowds want more signs even though they have seen great signs (v 30).  They want more bread because what Jesus had given them already was not enough to quench their earthly appetite.  They wanted what Jesus could give them, not Jesus Himself.  And, just like us with our insatiable appetite for more things to meet the lusts of our flesh and the lust of our eyes, no matter what Jesus gave them, they always wanted more.

The problem was (and is) that those things never satisfy.  Bread only fills the hunger spot for a little bit, then we want something else or more of the same.  So, what do we do?  We spend our whole lives pursuing fleeting and fluffy treasures that catch our eye and look filling, but leave us empty and wishing for more.  The problem is we just go after more of the same perishing things when Jesus is there saying, ‘Partake of me!  I am the all-satisfying, life-giving, Bread of Life sent from God to deliver you from the endless and empty pursuit of better pay, more power, or weekend parties and to bring you eternal life and endless security that this treasure will never pass away! ‘

So, this pretty much kills the idea that Jesus says for us to follow Him so that He can lavish us with earthly possessions and powerful positions and perfect health.  Instead, He says to follow Him, abide in Him, make Him our treasure and He will give us something that nothing else on this earth can ever, ever provide… Eternity with Him.  Live to know Him now.  Labor for His Gospel now.  Love Him for who He is and His grace in the cross, not what He can do for you here.  And, the end result of following Him now for these reasons will be that we will live because of Him… forever!

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