April 28, 2023

John 6:26–27 (NKJV) — 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Why do we seek Jesus? Is our focus on what God can do for us now? We hear the prosperity gospel of many on television or the radio proclaim how God will bring great wealth or healing. We look to have our emotional needs met by hearing how God wants everyone to be happy and full of earthly joy. God does want us to be filled. God does meet our real earthly needs. But the most important filling of God is His presence in our lives.

Jesus was honest with those following Him. He told them the truth. But the greatest truth of God is not His feeding or healing them of earthly things. His truth is found in the spiritual.

Jesus was concerned more with that which would last for eternity. True joy in life comes from worshiping God because He is God. When our focus is on earthly things we will always be left with emptiness. Seeking God brings a fullness in life that the world will never meet.

All the words preceding this are just empty words if we reject Jesus. We should seek Jesus because He is God. He is the Creator of all things. Life is held in His hands. He is God! No matter what, if we are rich or poor, we should be seeking Jesus just because He is. King David wrote in Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.”

I must ask myself, “What am I seeking from God?” Is my relationship with God based only on what He will do for me now? Is my relationship with Him self-centered or Christ-centered? If I were “dirt poor” or “Rockefeller rich” would I still be worshiping Him? Is my worship of God based on the music I hear or the preaching coming from a pulpit? Do I worship Jesus just because of what He can do for me or do I worship Him just because of Who He Is?

Remember Peter’s great confession of Jesus in Matthew 16:16 “Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered Peter with these words, Matthew 16:17 …“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” GOD DESERVES OUR WORSHIP AND WE NEED TO WORSHIP HIM.