After shopping, the next word that comes to mind in the days following Thanksgiving is probably leftovers. Personally, I look forward to the Thanksgiving Sandwich more than the meal-proper, but by the third or fourth day, the leftovers have certainly lost their appeal. As great as the food is, it is only good for a few days and we are left with nothing but a few extra pounds on our bodies and the memory of the turkey and stuffing until next November. Considering all the effort of planning, shopping and cooking, it almost seems like its a little insane! Yet, we do it and we love it, year after year.
The Food That Perishes – AUDIO
As important as family time and food are to us, Jesus says to some folks who ate His big dinner that the “food that perishes” is really not all that important when we put it into perspective. After feeding 5,000 men plus their families on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the people are impressed that He is able to feed them all by miraculously multiplying the lunch of a boy who was there. They cross the sea to find Him and then
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. 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.” (John 6:26-27)
Jesus is saying to those who seek Him for temporal gain that this is not what it is all about! Jesus did not come to give us our best life now, rather, He came to give us eternal life. Certainly, He will bless us at times, but what about when there is no visible sign of His blessing, will you still love and worship Him then? Many will only follow Him when their bellies are filled! And these folks cannot get their minds going in the right direction. They come back with this;
“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” (John 6:28)
They want to earn what Jesus has just offered to give them. Then Jesus straightens them out as He says;
“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (John 6:29)
It is not about temporal blessings and it is not about earning the favor of God, it is simply about trusting Him. The One who came from heaven and spoke to us about the Father and about Himself. The One who told us about our sin and our need for redemption. The One who said simply, “Trust Me!” The easiest thing to be done is the hardest thing to do sometimes. Can you trust Him when the temporal blessings are not there? Can you stop trusting in your ability to earn His favor? Or are you like those men in Capernaum?
Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? (John 6:30)
I encourage you to listen to the audio of the message by clicking on the link and to consider the mercy of God in Christ. I urge you not to try and earn what is freely given to those who trust in Christ rather than self. I plead with you not to look to Jesus as a Life-Improver, but as a Savior from sin.
The Food That Perishes – AUDIO