By Rob Albright
In John 6, Jesus fed thousands of people on the one side of the Sea of Galilee. The disciples entered a boat and went to the other side of the sea. Jesus did not go with them. But when the disciples started to look for Him, they found Him and wanted to know how He got there.Jesus made a statement in John 6:26 – “You seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for food that endures to everlasting life.” The people were not interested in the things which showed them His deity and His power to save. They were just interested in the food that benefited their physical hunger.
We see the lesson for us is not to make the primary focus in life on the material but the spiritual. Too often we get busy with the material have no time for spiritual matters. If we put the spiritual first, the material will come (Matthew 6:33). Food for the soul gives lasting strength and that is what is primary.
- Rob Albright serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/