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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Time for Real Food"

Date published: 07/20/2019

John 6:27 “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”

 

   We live in a busy and hectic world.  In the busyness of life, it is easy to relegate God to the back seat of our lives.  I often ask people to describe their daily walk with Christ.  The common response is, “I pray throughout the day.”  Upon further inquiry there is usually no reading of the Bible outside a verse or two, while most prayer is done on the run or in crises.  In Luke 10:27, Jesus describes what our relationship with God should look like, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”  Loving God this way is comprehensive.  An examination of most people’s schedules would not offer much of an excuse for not setting aside one good time frame each day to feed on the Giver of life.  Jesus said in John 6:32-33, “It is My Father who gives you the true Bread from heaven.  For the Bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."  Most people eat two to three meals a day and snack between.  If we can make time for the food that spoils, can’t we surely make time for the food that gives abundant life?

 

   Establishing the need for quenching your hunger and thirst in Jesus is essential for living out and experiencing your life in Christ.  In John 6:28, Jesus was asked how to live the Christian life: “What must we do to do the works God requires?" They were expecting a laundry list of requirements.  Jesus surprised them in John 6:29 when He answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent."  Pretty simple.  Jesus said He was the Bread of life.  We demonstrate our belief by feeding on Jesus, our food, for our existence.  Just as you go to the kitchen to get food, you should go to Jesus to be fed your eternal food.  You believe that food satisfies your hunger, but do you believe in Jesus enough to believe He can satisfy the needs of your life?  The root problem of growing and experiencing Christ is our unbelief.  You believe your hunger can be satisfied in the kitchen of life: priorities, entertainment, fun, sports, movies, etc.  But do you really believe that Jesus can satisfy the longings of your life?  Jesus goes on to say in John 6:63, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.  The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life.”  Just as you feed on three meals a day plus snacks, you must also feed on Jesus through His Word, a devoted prayer life, and continual prayer throughout the day.  God will take hold of your life . . . if you allow Him.  God will satisfy your innermost needs . . . if you give yourself to Him.  God will surround you with His love, grace, peace, and satisfaction . . . if you make Him the provision of your life.

 

Psalm 42:8 “By day the LORD directs His love, at night His song is with me — a prayer to the God of my life.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Satisfaction” and “Discipleship.”