Jun. 10 - John 6, I am the Bread of Life
In the First Century, when people were being oppressed by the Roman government, Emperor Augustus provided them with just enough bread to keep them happy and prevent them from revolting. The citizens weren’t satisfied with the state’s bribery, so when the crowd of people witnessed Jesus’s miracle with the bread and the fish, they were thrilled! They wanted to force him to become their King in the hopes of having greater prosperity and better leadership than they had with the current regime. When they tracked Jesus down, He said:
John 6:26-29 Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 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 has placed his seal of approval.
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
Like many of us today, these people were just looking for a checklist of things to do in order to get what would make them happy. Sometimes it seems much easier to simply accomplish tasks on a list because it doesn’t require us to change our attitude or enter into a relationship; however, a relationship and a change of heart are exactly what God wants from us. Many non-Christians complain that Christianity is nothing but a set of rules to follow, but that isn’t true. There is only one rule: Believe in and know your creator, the great “I am.”
If you’re living your life by a set of rules because you think that’s what will earn your way into Heaven, give yourself a break! You will never have perfect performance. Change your motivation from completing a list of tasks to loving and following the Lord who created you. God has extended you his perfect grace. Accept it and enter into a loving relationship with Him.