Written by Pastor Lawrence Neisent
Pursuit is proof of passion. We can say we are passionate about something but the real question we must ask is simple. What are we pursuing? Jesus brings clarity between what the crowd was pursuing and what the disciples were pursuing.
John 6:24-27 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore…went…in search of Jesus. 25 When they found him…26 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." NIV
Verse 26 – “You are looking for me” but your pursuit is carnal not mature and selfless. They were driven by carnal appetites and desires rather than meaningful truths of the spirit.
Selfish appetites plagued the early church as we see Jesus kicking over tables. He was angry that the church had reduced their pursuit to the bread and life of this world.
The book of Revelation reveals selfish appetites will plague the church that is to come in a resembling fashion leaving the people dead on the inside.
Rev 3:1 … "I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive--but you are dead. NLT
There are two kinds of life in this world. Matt 10 is such an interesting dialogue as Jesus explains that if we search for life we lose our lives but if we lose our lives we find our lives. Two different Greek Words being used and a more accurate translation would be finding the life of this world costs you eternal life and finding eternal life is finding what life is truly all about.
Happiness and fulfillment are results not pursuits. The deeper more meaningful pursuit unlocks so much. If we pursue a great sex life in marriage we really are pursuing the wrong thing. Pursuing a great friendship and how e to serve the person we love is the greater pursuit and it results in all areas of the marriage being healthy and fulfilling.
Find Jesus and you find life. But if you are searching for Jesus because you are searching for life then you’re searching for life rather than searching for Jesus. Jesus is the way. He’s not the way to the stuff you want. He’s simply the way. The Gospel is not something we add to our lives to have better lives.
Jesus is not like vitamins. He’s like oxygen. The crowd came to him wanting vitamins to improve their life. The disciples had come to the realization the life we can live without Jesus isn’t really life at all. Jesus is like oxygen.
Are you wanting Jesus to be passionate your ideas or are you willing to be passionate about His?
There is a difference between a consumer minded crowd and a mature disciple. Consumers believe leaders exist to serve them. In John 6 to serve them bread. Disciples understand leaders exist to equip them to serve the bread to others.
Consumers come to church asking, “How can I give least amt of time, $ & commitmt and get the most return on my investment?” The disciple asks, “How can I give time, $, gifts & abilities to help bring unity & health to our church family?
Vs 27 - Jesus tells them stop laboring for that which is already in the process of perishing.
The pursuit of earthly bread rather than spiritual nourishment seems to be a constant issue from the early church to the last generation church in Revelation.
Jesus will go on referencing food that endures to eternal life over and over in verses 40, 47, 50, 51, 54, 57, 58 and 68. Let the eternal purposes of God be your focus rather than the temporal purposes of this world.
Phil 3:10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him... (AMP)
GP4RL: Purpose some kind of personal sacrifice this week that costs you money or time to do something for somebody else. Take someone with you on this assignment.