Many of the five thousand people who were fed with five loaves of bread and two fishes, searched for Jesus in the days that followed. They took boats and traveled to Capernaum to find Him. Jesus knew their motives in their quest: “Verily, verily, I say to you. You seek Me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled” John 6:26. I thought it was interesting that they didn’t even notice the miracle of how they were fed, just that they were filled. How familiar is that to some of us? Isn’t it true that many times we don’t notice the miracles in our life? They followed Jesus for their physical need.
And Jesus said…
“Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you: for Him has God the Father sealed” John 6:27. They had worked so hard to find Him, laboring in their search. He encourages them to look beyond their physical needs to a deeper spiritual need. Jesus goes on to share with them how they can begin fulfilling that need by believing on Him, and eating the true bread of heaven; which is Christ Jesus. Many of us have come to that place of believing on Him, but we get lost in our physical needs. We know that we can ask Him for anything and find our prayers being a sort of “grocery list” of physical needs rather than a spiritual hunger for the Bread of Life. What can we do to change our hunger? That answer may be different for each of us, but we can all find the answer in the same place; on our knees. I pray that we will all determine to find the answer and change from physically feeding to spiritually feasting on the Bread of Life.