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." - John 6:26 NKJV
We can fool some people some of the time, be we can never fool Jesus, no matter how crafty we are with our words or behavior. When we try to fool Jesus, we can also be assured that He will set us straight when He catches us paying attention to what He has to say. Jesus' followers found themselves receiving rebuke from Jesus just one day after Jesus had fed 5,000of them with five loaves of bread and two fish.
What is interesting to me about the scene is that before Jesus rebukes them for their motives, there is no indication given in the passage as to the reason that those followers were following Jesus. However, Jesus knew that they weren't seeking Him to get to know Him, but rather to fill their hungry bellies with food. They were seeking after Jesus because of what He could give them, not for who He was. Why do you seek after God?
God does want to provide good things for His children, but it is clear that He wants us to get to know Him for who He is, and to seek more for our lives than what we need to take care of our physical needs. Right after Jesus revealed that He knew the true motives of His followers, He told them what they should really be seeking after when he said
"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..." - John 6:27 NKJV
The "food which endures" is Jesus, the bread of life. When take steps to get to know Him and appreciate Him for who He is, we will receive from Him more than we can imagine in the form of godly character and eternal riches that will never fade away.
1) How often do you thank God for who He is rather than the specific things He has done for you?
2) What is your motive for following Jesus? To serve Him or to receive from Him?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.