Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father as placed his seal of approval. John 6:27
Every day millions of people go to work around the world. Their goal in working is to provide the need or desired money. This money is desired to have in order to get the food they eat, clothes they wear and toys they want.
Some have very simple tastes in what they want, so don’t work that much. Others are willing to put in extreme hours to get high-dollar items.
Shortly after feeding about 5,000 people, the people found Jesus again. He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for food that will last for eternity.
While every person needs food, clothing and shelter, these things are not the most important things in life. All of these things are very temporary. Shortly after eating food, a person needs more. Clothes wear out after a short time. Housing will eventually fall apart. None of them last for eternity.
The only thing that lasts for eternity is the souls of men. Although Jesus fed and healed thousands of people, when He walked on the earth, that was not His primary focus. His focus of work was to do God’s will to save the souls of people.
Over the centuries God has not changed that focus of work. Every believer has a commission to preach the gospel message and make disciples. They are to be working for God at reaching the lost, focusing on what is eternal.
God gave His seal of approval upon Jesus because He was doing His will. God will also put His seal of approval on every believer who is doing His will.
As you go through your days, ask yourself what is your focus or goal. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day living for temporary things.
Ask God what work you can do that will have an eternal impact. Then be willing to do what God places before you. Don’t allow yourself to be focused on the temporal dead things of this earth.
Aim for the things that will last for eternity–the souls of men and women. Put all your efforts in being His witness and making disciples as you work for the needed food, clothing and shelter.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will be His witness; that you will make disciples for Jesus; and that your work will see eternal results for God.
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5
One thing that people are searching for all over the world is life. They want to have a life that is fulfilled and successful. Most want to be happy and be able to really enjoy life.
In the process of looking for this type of life, people will search any thing and every where. There are few things that people will not try in order to get the life that they are seeking.
After Jesus had died, some women went to His tomb, only to find He was not there. Two angels appeared to them and asked them why they searched for the living among the dead. Jesus was not there, because He had risen from the dead.
Searching for meaning, purpose and life in this world, is searching among the dead. Everything that the world claims to bring purpose and life is dead. Those things are focused on the here and now, the temporary, which is dead and will pass away.
The only thing that gives true purpose and life is seeking God through Jesus Christ. Instead of searching on the level in this fallen, dead world, one must look up to God.
Some in the church let themselves fall into the ways of the world, seeking temporal life, rather than leaning on God for all life. Instead of looking among the dead, believers must get among other believers, the living, and with God to find real life.
Jesus brings a life that is real and eternal. It will meet the desires of the heart more than any thing in this world could ever offer.
As you are going through life, you must decide what you are really seeking to find. If you are desiring real life, then you must turn away from the dead things of this world, that have absolutely nothing of value to offer you.
Turn your search to knowing God more and more each day. It is only Jesus who can offer true life. He rose from the dead and is alive to this day and will remain alive for eternity.
Jesus offers this same life to you today. All you have to do is seek Him, repent of your sins and accept the life He has for you. Don’t seek life among the dead.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that you will seek purpose and fulfillment in God alone; and that you will live to serve God.
I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely, declares the Lord. Zechariah 10:12
People desire to live securely. They want to know that they will have what they need when they need it, without fear of losing it or having it taken away.
In order to get this, people seek to have high paying careers, large bank accounts, and great positions. People feel more secure when they feel that they are in control of everything in their lives. However, many fall apart when things go wrong and all sense of security is lost.
God told the people that He would strengthen them. It was in His name that they would find security.
Although the world tries to say that following its ways will bring security, it is a false sense of security. In just a moment everything can change and all is lost. The things that the world relies upon for security are only temporary.
Believers have a security that is eternal. Nothing that can happen in this life can change that short of one giving it up. God gives the believer strength to keep moving forward despite the problems faced in this world, despite the destruction and turmoil going on.
Every believer can know that in the end he will receive eternal life and that, until then, God will provide abundantly for every need. The believer’s focus must be upon God and eternity, both for his own life and the lives of everyone he meets. Everything else is temporary and can be a distraction for what God wants and is doing.
You will have days that are filled with trouble. There will be times when everything in your life will appear to be falling apart and that the enemy is winning the battle. Do not give up. Do not allow the world to break you down. Do not allow yourself to get distracted with the chaos of this fallen world. Seek the Lord and His strength to keep going.
God is ready and willing to fill you with His Holy Spirit to give you the needed strength. Rely upon His promises and strength to continue to live for Him and be His witness.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to give you strength; that you will know God’s power in your life; and that you will move forward with God.