Labor for the food which endures to eternal life – John 6:22-29

Scripture: John 6:22-29

22 On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 However, boats from Tiber’i-as came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Caper’na-um, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Meditation: 

What do you most hunger for – wealth, peace, health, love, the good life? Jesus addressed this issue with those who sought him after the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. Were they simply hungry for things which satisfy the body or for that which satisfies the heart and soul? Jesus echoes the question posed by the prophet Isaiah: “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy” (Isaiah 55:2)? There are two kinds of hunger – physical and spiritual. Only God can satisfy the hunger in our heart and soul – the hunger for truth, for life, and for love.

Jesus also spoke about the works of God and what we must do to be doing the works of God, namely to believe in God’ Son whom he has sent into the world. Jesus offers a new relationship with God which issues in a new kind of life: A life of love and service, and the forgiveness of others which corresponds to God’s mercy and kindness; a life of holiness and purity which corresponds to God’s holiness; and a life of submission and trust which corresponds to the wisdom of God. This is the work which Jesus directs us to and enables us to perform in the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you hunger for the bread which comes down from heaven and thirst for the words of everlasting life?

“Lord Jesus, you alone can satisfy the deepest longing and hunger in our hearts. May I always hunger for the imperishable bread, that I may be satisfied in you alone as the True Bread of Heaven. Nourish and strengthen me that I may serve you with great joy, generosity, and zeal all the days of my life”.

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  1. Annette Victoria Alston
    May 6, 2016, 1:08 am   /  Reply

    Thanks for this app
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  2. Annette Victoria Alston
    May 6, 2016, 1:16 am   /  Reply

    What scripture is God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life the reason why I shared it with you because I remember the time going to a lot of diversity situations in my life that I would love to share only with others I grew up with a family of 15 and my mom and dad Seven Sisters and seven brothers you would say that’s a lot yes it is but we all came from the same mom in the same day how they made it through it was through God’s grace and mercy for the time sometime we didn’t have food to eat but we still survive sometime we didn’t have water but I still made a way we never went hungry or Thursday due to the point we had a great grandmother that helped us out a lot she lived above them we live in a 3 bedroom trailer and 1 bathroom later on Monday I decided to be alone today Hebrew three extra rooms to go upstairs 1 living room and one extra bedroom downstairs but that still wasn’t enough room for all of us that room is required for my big sister Yvonne Brown and the other two rooms upstairs with prayer for my brother in the middle room was for the heat up the house it was the sitting room but only few people can sit there I pretty much grew up abuse do not have bruises I learned a lot one thing I remember it taught me how to love no matter what it taught me how to forget no matter what and I got that only from my father Jesus Christ my personal Lord and savior I went to bed abused at 10 years old all the way up to 22 years old started off at 10 being buried alive after that speaking with the disease from head to toe and to be in the hospital for 6 months from there I had been adopted for two years and Foster Care from there I came back home that the age of 12 I got saved and filled with the Holy Ghost and after that my life is really truly changed everything that my parents told me to do I would do it with my sister and brother scale weapons I will take the blame until one day I write the word for myself and I learned that God hate all liars that’s when I discovered not to lie ever again for my sister and brothers even though I thought it was a good thing to save them from working but it was putting me in the situation I’m dying and going to hell I saw I stopped being abused by my father in the age of 13 he first asked me to put on my underwears and see if I’ve been with boys I felt very uncomfortable it wasn’t a good situation for me I could not even lift my head up again he took my smile away my education everything that I needed in life he took it away from me only thing that he couldn’t take away from me what’s the love for the Lord that I had in me the holy spirit that kept leaving me and guide me I went and talked to my sisters I’ll talk to the principal I talked to the doctors and they kill for it but no one reached out to help me I guess they thought I was crazy and I was making it up out of that and came five children which later on they became missing I was in a coma for 2 years and that was taken away and I never see them until 2013 I would continue but I’m going to end it right here everyone be blessed in the name of Jesus and know that I’m well I’m a minister right now evangelist and love the Lord and I’m doing just fine and I love my friends and I just don’t know if they’re saying I live everyday to become Celeste in the name of Jesus be Best in Me

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