How often are we motivated by our desire to satisfy ourselves? I would imagine for most of us…. fulfilling our own desire is very important to us… so much so…that we give it a high priority in our lives. But “at what cost” do we pursue those desires?
“After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). 2 A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick.
I recently listened to a sermon where Jesus feed a huge crowd of over 5000 people with just five barley loaves and two fish (John 6). What an amazing sight that must have been. A sea of tired and hungry people… and Jesus providing that food in such an amazing way….but sadly, the crowds focus (much like us at times) was on themselves and their own personal needs and not on Jesus.
The crowd pursued Jesus…motivated by their superficial desire of food rather than seeking to understand the true spiritual significance of Jesus’ person and mission
I think sometimes we as believers have the same mind set as the 5000. We seek a relationship with Jesus only for what “we” can benefit from it. Meaning, we seek temporal things and not eternal things and we see Jesus as a means to the end.
“Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.”
Are you chasing the Bread and Fish or are you truly seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus?
Do we see Jesus as Peter saw Jesus “Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”
It’s when we truly see Jesus as the “Holy Son of God” sent by God the Father to redeem the lost, to pay a sin debt that no one else could, that we begin to let go of the pursuit of temporal things and begin to seek eternal things and in our seeking of eternal things we begin to seek more and more of Jesus.