Monday, November 3, 2008

THE BREAD


"I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE", JESUS TOLD US. "NO ONE WHO COMES TO ME WILL EVER BE HUNGRY, AND AND NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN ME WILL EVER BE THIRSTY AGAIN" (JOHN6:35)

Jesus should be the object of everything for which we hunger and thirst for. He is the manna the Father sent, the bread that satisfies our souls.
Yet today many believers seem so hungry and thirsty. Jesus often seems absent from their lives.

Just maybe they are hungry for the wrong kind of bread. Jesus says "no one who comes to me will ever be hungry." Many of us appeal to Jesus for the goods of this world, the fulfillment of our own agendas, or the circumstances we would like to have. To us, Jesus is a means to another end-our goals. If this is how you perceive then Jesus is never satisfying.

Perhaps we hunger for the right kind of bread but we don't meet Jesus' conditions for receiving it. Jesus says "no one who comes...no one who believes." Both of these conditions imply that we meet him on his terms, not ours. We try to come with part of ourselves, but not all. WE want the benefits of the Son of God without abandoning ourselves to him. If this is how we feel then Jesus is once again not satisfying to us either.

But to those of us who hunger and thirst for righteousness and come to him without reservations, trusting him as the source of all righteousness and strength, he satisfies. Those of us whose whole life is reoriented around him and who desire nothing else will never want for anything. He is not our means to get the bread; He is the bread.

When we follow him by faith with nothing else to rely on, he provides for us and then and only then we are filled and satisfied.



1 comment:

His Mercies are new everyday! Thank you for your comment!