John 6:31-38

John 6:31-38

John 6:38Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired January 12, 2003.

Sometimes, I believe, we sometimes live in wrong motives within the church; that the body of Christ needs to wake up and understand why they are following Jesus. Are you following Jesus just so you can have more food in your belly? Or are you following Jesus because He is the Miracle Worker; because He is the God Who created you; because He is the God Who loves you and desires love relationship with you?… If you are following after Jesus simply and only to obtain something from Him in the form of material possession then you are working for things that spoil…

God loves Jesus because God the Father and Jesus are One, and they have invited us into that love relationship to be one with Them, and the Father has put that seal of approval through His Spirit on Jesus, and Jesus has come to this world to tell us, “I am here to love you. You don’t have to seek after me to get those basic needs of life”…

Jesus answered them, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” And you know what? That’s the bottomline; that’s where our hearts are challenged and tested every day. Do we believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do we believe that Jesus is the One that God has sent? Do we believe that when Jesus left here that He left us His Spirit as He promised He would? Do we believe that when He said, “To those who receive Him, to those who believe in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God”? Do we believe Him? Have we received Him? Or are we just working to impress God…or are we truly seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?…

You know, the problem is, so often within the body of Christ we find ourself in this dilemma: we want the things of the world, we want the bread that fills our stomach, we want the automobile that looks good, we want the house that is going to give us status, but you know what? It’s never been about those things. The truth is, God blesses us with those things because He’s put us on this world to live, but His intention is not for us to be on this world to live. His intention is for us to be with Him in eternity. This is just the testing ground to prove to us what our hearts truly are, and if your heart is about having bread that you can fill your belly with, if your desire is to have a bank account, if your desire is to look good in your three-piece suit, if your desire is to impress those people around you with how wealthy you are, the guess what? You’re not seeking after the true bread…

Jesus has offered us everything we need to survive. He blesses us with food, He blesses us with clothes, but if that is our focal point in life, then we’re not looking at Him and we miss the real blessing. He says, “I am the bread. I am where you stop going hungry and I am where you stop being thirsty.” It has nothing to do with fleshly hunger and thirst. It has to do with that spiritual hunger and thirst… We are told to hunger and thirst for righteousness, not for the bread of our belly… Many of the problems that we have in our life, many of the times in our life that we find ourself lacking is not because there’s real lacking in our life for the physical, but it is because we do not believe that Jesus can meet our need. We think somehow we have to do it…

Whose will are you doing? Why are you here? Why are you in the position that you are in in life? Why do you have the job that you have? Why do you have the car that you have? Why do you have the home that you have? If you believe those are things that you have earned, and you have the right to, then you already have the wrong attitude. It’s not about you. Jesus could have had all of those things. He could have been living in a palace, and He could have had horse-drawn chariots made of gold if He wanted, but He did not come down from heaven for Himself. He did not come into the position that He was in, in order to impress people. He came down simply and only to fulfill the will of His Father. “It’s not to do My will, but to do the will of Him Who sent Me.” Whose will are you hoping to accomplish? Why are you chasing after Jesus? Why are you where you are today? Are you in love with Jesus so much so that you would be willing to say, “You know what, Lord? I have striven after the goal for far too long. I have desired the bread that fills my belly for far too long. I am willing to step outside of my will, of my desire, of my comfort. Lord, I am willing to step out of the palace that I think I deserve, the one that You definitely deserved, and like You, I’m willing to do Your will, just as You were willing to do the Father’s will.” …Well, that’s something we need to stop and consider. That’s where we need to dwell this week, and especially as we think about Who Jesus is to us and what Jesus has done in our lives.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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