KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:26 KJV “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”
On reading through John 6:24 – 25 we realise the Israelites seeking for Jesus. They took a ship to Capernaum, where He used to live, but did not find Him there. They then went to the other side of the lake, where they found Him. The moment the Lord saw them, He knew the motive for which they tirelessly looked for Him. The Lord Jesus said the following to them, Joh 6:26 KJV ” Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled”. The Lord said in effect that, these people are not in any way concerned about spiritual matters, but are only concerned about carnal matters, that which would satisfy their flesh.
The above state of affairs is a rather sad condition prevailing in most churches.
There is a great percentage of church goers who do so, primarily to satisfy some carnal longings.
These include, seeking a life partner, a business breakthrough, visa to travel. A young girl who has found a boyfriend in the church may say,” if I do not go to the church, some girl will get my boyfriend from me”. Her presence in church is all about that boy. You may come to the church initially with such longings, yet as you grow in the faith, your pursuit should be to glorify God in all you do. Many people do not understand what the church is about and her mission on the earth. The church is the body of our Lord Jesus.
The church exists to continue with the work our Lord started; it is the ministry of reconciliation.
This involves saving lives, healing the sick and preaching the good news to them. Every Christian is an automatic soul winner, The Lord Jesus kept doing the business of the Father.
Dear one, why do you go to church? What is your motivation for doing all you do in the house of God? Do you truly love the Lord? Lastly but not the least, do you know the Lord? Those who truly know the Lord will esteem His way above all things. They would seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. Matt 6:33. Dear one may what the prophet Jeremiah spoke about in Jeremiah 6:13 not happen to us.
” For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.”
The Spirit of the Lord suggests that we ask of the
old paths, the good old ways and walk in them for that is what would bring rest to our souls (Jer 6:16). It is time to repent from every carnal pursuit and seek the Lord in truth. Job 36:11 declares
” If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”
It is always the will of God that the people of God live honourably and in true prosperity, yet they must place the interest of God first. Love the Lord with all your heart. John 4:34 KJV ” Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
THOUGHT: THE MEAT OF THE LORD SATISFIES INDEED
2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV” And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”
Jeremiah 2:13 KJV” For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
Matthew 6:33 KJV “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”