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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Insatiable Hunger"

Date published: 03/16/2017
Mark 8:2-3 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance." (NIV)  

   Do you have the passion to seek Jesus’ truths when it takes you out of your routine?  Do you have the faith to trust Jesus for guidance when it will cost you? Do you believe Jesus’ faithfulness is enough to endure deprivation while seeking to hear and experience more of Him? Four thousand people put their schedules aside, suffered the deprivation of food, went inconveniently out of their way, and gave up three days of their time because they wanted what Jesus offered. Today’s Christians often pray on the run, hear the Word only by the recitation of another or by an audible device, and seek God strictly when their schedules will not be interrupted. 

   Jesus was no ordinary teacher. He spoke with authority, but with practicality. He commanded respect, but still had the compassion to care for the needs of the four thousand. He walked among a world of faithless people, but had the faith and compassion to feed four thousand. Jesus was not stopped by the limits of this world, but His faith in God allowed the possibility for God to be God. Mark 6:37 demonstrates how Jesus was not stopped by the impossible, “‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to Him, ‘That would take eight months of a man's wages!’” (NIV) Jesus was not going to miss out on God’s faithfulness. Jesus knew His Heavenly Father so well and trusted Him; He wanted those four thousand, as well as His disciples, to know and trust His Father also. 

   Your ability to trust God begins with your passion to know and experience Jesus. These 4,000 people gave up food, comfort, time, and their obligations to spend time with Jesus. Their hunger for God and His truth pushed them to the limit. Do not miss the miracles God has for you because what confronts you looks difficult. Miracles in your life will ultimately flow out of your relationship with God. If you want God’s miracles, seek Him as Jesus did in Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” (NIV) Or in Luke 6:12b: “Jesus prayed throughout the night.” Or in Luke 5:15-16 where Jesus sought God amidst exhaustion: “Yet the news about Him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (NIV) Or in Matthew 26:36 where Jesus, at the point of destruction, chose prayer: “Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’” (NIV)  

   Your hunger for Jesus will fuel your pursuit of Him. Jesus left you a perfect model for walking with God. Your life in Christ begins with your hunger to desire Him, the faith to pursue Him, and the love to follow Him at whatever the cost. 

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Deeper With God” and “Transformation Part 1.” 

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