When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”
Why am I looking for Jesus?
Am I just looking for the goodies?
- provision- the fill of the loaves
- an entertaining story on the side of a mountain
- comfort and blessing since so much of life is insecure
- an escape to a better place beyond this life
There is a huge difference between using Jesus as a means to an end and desiring a relationship with Jesus for who he is. – Lisa <><
Jesus, you offer me yourself
Not a philosophy to follow
Not a commodity to use
Not a means to an end
You offer me you
Flesh and Blood
Bread and Messiah
Forgive my shallow desires for your bread alone
They dishonor and cheapen the fullness of you
Open me to your great gift
Open me to give myself in return
Jesus, forgive my false following
My misplaced priorities
For using you instead of loving you
Nurture true faith and trust in me
To love you first and always
To love you for you
as you love me
Reorder my consuming
Feasting on your presence
You are my bread, my drink, my life
I love you
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings, I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
For more on the themes of seeking, hungering, and false ways we seek to satisfy, look to Junk Food, a prayer by Steve Garnaas Holmes.
What are you looking for? © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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