Food for Thought

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Why do you seek Jesus? Is your time spent with Him out of convenience, or for genuine relationship-building?

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. (John 6:25-26 ESV)

Why do we seek Jesus?

Lately that thought has been heavy on my heart. It seems the busier I get, the more rushed my time with Him is. Or even when I do take time to sit quietly and ‘be with Him’, it’s time not driven by love and adoration, but with purpose. Too often, I am coming for what I can get from Him – whether that be an answer to a pressing theological question, or a touch of healing. I have experienced the ‘fill of the loaves’ and like the crowd fed by Him that is what I have been running after Him for.

How sad.

I too have friends who only call when they want or need something from me. After a while, I begin to question why they want to be my friend. Is it because they love me and really want to be my friend? Or is it because of convenience or what they can get from me? Just as it hurts my heart, I know it grieves His when we are not pursuing a genuine, two way relationship with Him, but one where we seek Him only for what we can get.

Father, forgive us. Forgive us for not pursuing Your heart, but instead focusing on Your generosity. Help us to remember our first love experience with You . . . help us to see Your heart of every page of Your Word and to fall in love with You again.  Amen.

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