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Thought for the Week: John 6:24-33

by admin on January 29, 2012 in Thought for the Week with No Comments

“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. 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.” 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.” So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:24-33).

Recently, I was struck by an insight that Harmony Dust from Treasures shared regarding the passage above. The crowd had eaten their fill and were satisfied. Only when they were hungry again did they realize that Jesus and His disciples were no longer with them. When the crowd found Him again, Jesus rebuked them for desiring temporary relief. They wanted a meal but missed that He was the Bread of Life; in other words, they wanted what Jesus could give them but not Jesus Himself. Jesus’ disciples, His followers, didn’t miss the fact that Jesus had left because they were following Him wherever He went. One can’t follow what he can’t see. Their eyes were on Him, not on the benefit that came from Him. Where Jesus went (with the exception of retreating), His disciples followed because they wanted more of Him.

If you are like me, you can get pretty myopic when you are in focus-mode.  There is only enough space in my brain and time in my day for me to focus on what needs to be done next in order to fulfill the overall plan.  The biggest downside to action-oriented focus, however, is that it misses the person of Jesus.  Sure, I pray when I’m in focus mode, but my prayers are less about connecting me in relationship with God and more about asking for His benefit in my endeavors.  If this rings true for how you plan your wedding, then be aware that without intentional guard rails, you will stray from the ultimate plan: falling more in love with Jesus.

Lord, You know how easily distracted from You I get.  Please forgive me.  Please put up guard rails that will help train me to keep my eyes on You and not just on Your benefits.  By the grace of Your Spirit, use each action item on my planning agenda to point me to You.  Speak through the noise of planning so that I would never stray from Your presence.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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