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 Post Post subject: Devotions - Friday, May 19th. 2006
Posted: Fri May 19, 2006 5:36 am 
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Reading: 2 Samuel 21-22; Psalm 18; John 6:22-40

Good morning Church,

We are such a funny people:

Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. (John 6:24-26)

I find it interesting how Jesus always cut through the unimportant to deal with the vital. He did it with Nicodemus, the woman at the well and now with the crowd that was chasing him down. They wanted to know how Jesus crossed the sea without a boat. Jesus dealt with their motivation for seeking him out.

These people were not interested in the spiritual; they were not even interested in the miraculous; they were only interested in filling their stomachs. As long as their motivation was their own wants and desires they would not understand or know Jesus. Many of us may judge this crowd for missing the point but we are often lost in the same thing. What is our motivation for seeking Jesus?

It is a good question and perhaps it is one that pastors should be asking more people; what is your motivation for seeking Jesus? Do you think he is going to be your provider so you do not have to work? Do you think he will be your comforter as you are suffering from unconfessed sins? Do you think he is going to be your escape from the reality of your life? Do you think he is going to be your good excuse for doing or not doing whatever you feel like?

The fact is that a true worshipper of God, one who worships in Spirit and truth, find themselves in sharp focus with God. There is no escape from anything. God will not allow us to avoid our weaknesses or our shortcomings. He instead lends us the strength so that we are able to face our ugliness in light of his beauty. He brings into sharp focus so that we clearly understand the difference about the important and the unimportant. He shows us and then demands from us the need for us to set aside everything that has to do with us so that he becomes the only object of our affection. We cease to be self-lovers and we become God-lovers.

Notice how many times Jesus states that he did not come to do his will but instead the Father’s will. How many times does he mention the Father’s will? Jesus warns the crowd that has pursued him:

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. (John 6:27)

What are we doing? Why are we chasing him down? What is our motivation? Are we seeking for ourselves or for his glory? Are we seeking out of our physical needs or out of our spirit's longing? Are we desperate enough to lay it all on the line? Are we?

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