Vintage Message: John 6:22-35

Vintage message from August 19, 2001.

Do you realize that God already has in mind for you and I what He wants to do? He has a direction for your life and a direction for my life. He has a direction for this fellowship. He has a direction for the people outside of this fellowship. He has in mind what He wants to do with us; the miracles He wants to perform for us; knowledge in His Word that He wants to give to us. He already has it in mind. Even if we don’t know it, He knows what He’s doing, and He tests us…

We search for Jesus. We want to be where He is, and we say all the right things. “Oh, Jesus, we were concerned for You!” And we pray holy sounding prayers and we have holy sounding devotions and we do things to make ourselves look holy and righteous and right with God. And like the crowd, we run around in confusion because we can’t find Jesus. Now isn’t that an interesting thing? We’re searching for Him, but He knows where He’s at. Why are we not where Jesus is? That’s the question. Why do we need to search? If we are really in God’s will, we will be where Jesus is and not have to be searching. But yet I know many believers, brothers and sisters in Christ, that I know they love Jesus, but you talk to them — you talk to me sometimes and you find I’m in confusion. I’m searching because Jesus is off doing a work and I’m not there doing it with Him because I’ve been off by myself…

The work of God is to believe in the One He has sent. If you believe in Jesus, guess what? Everything else is a byproduct of that faith… And this is the point: we are to be about the work of Jesus Christ, and if we’re going to ask the question, “Well, Lord, what work do You want me to do? How do You want me to serve you?” Then understand, the answer is plain, and He has given it to us in writing in His Word. Believe in Him. And if you believe, that word “believe” goes much deeper than just saying, “You know what? I believe in that rock.” It goes deeper than that. But that word “believe” means to be in relationship with. It’s not just a passive, “Oh, yeah, I know it exists.” But to be in relationship with… We say we believe, but is our belief passive or is it active? Are we believing because we are in love relationship with Him, or are we believing in Him because we ‘think’ He exists? And the proofs that we ask for when we pray, the things that we pray, how we pray, proves our heart…

The True Bread is He Who came from heaven. Jesus wants to walk with us. Jesus wants to work in us. Jesus wants to work through us. The reason we eat is so that we can have energy and strength to accomplish the work that’s laid before us; the life that is laid before us. If you have taken Jesus into you, you have taken Bread into your system that will feed you through eternity and give you strength and give you ability and allow for you to accomplish whatever God lays before you…

Are you hungry today? Are you struggling in life to have the energy to accomplish what lays before you? Are you struggling with facing a world each and every day to put clothes on your back, to put food in your belly, to put a roof over your head? Are you struggling to keep up in life with a world that will pass away? Are you hungry today? Let me tell you, the only way you are going to truly fill your stomach, your life, your need, the only way you’re going to have energy is to receive, to take into yourself, to give place to…I don’t care what you call it. You need the Bread of Life. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.”

Pastor Dave Elkins