Why follow Jesus? (John 6)

26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”  John 6:26-27

Each day I have the high honor of getting to serve the Lord as a pastor.  Each day is a blessing from the Lord in the ups and downs of life.  This morning was especially this way as I pulled out of my drive way to teach a 5:30 AM class at church.  As I pulled out, my neighbor was as well.  I thought here he is going to work every day at 5 AM.  I am truly blessed to follow Jesus.

The question came, “would you follow me if you had his job or would you follow me if you did not even have a job?”

The Apprentices were following Jesus and each day they were discovering more and more reasons why they were following Him.  Here in John six we encounter crowds who are seeking Jesus.  We discover they were not following because they wanted Him to be their Lord.  They wanted more free food.

This is very much a dangerous teaching in the American culture.  Many churches have bought into the view of God is there to make me happy.  He is there to lead me to my best life now.

The truth is, Jesus is here to lead us to Him so that we can have real happiness in Him and through Him.  This happiness leads to an inner peace as well as an eternal purpose.  This very moment I know I have tasked of the Break of Life and it is good.

I serve a God who is eternal in the heavens.  I serve a God who has an eternal purpose and He has invited me to join Him in carrying out this purpose.  I want to challenge you to consider what it would mean to taste the true bread of heaven.

Remember this old song, “Fill my cup Lord.”  Sing it as you go to work today:

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”
Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
There are millions in this world who are seeking
For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.
So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

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