Main Dish | Devotion #4: Bread
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’” John 6:35
Raise your hand if you are that person out to eat who might say, “Okay, where is the bread basket, when is it coming, and what is the ETA?” I come from a long line of cornbread and buttermilk biscuit consumers, so I come by that thought process pretty naturally. Believe me, I tried living Keto and just could not cut it. We are Carbo vs. Keto in my family. To be very honest, I bake banana bread almost weekly for my kids, and at dinner, they are looking around for the slice of cornbread, garlic bread, or even a good old fashion Pillsbury can I smacked open to accompany our meal. I have seen three growing boys crush some Pillsbury. By the way, one of my sons is sustained entirely by peanut butter and jelly sandwiches alone. Bread? Yes, please.
In the book of John, we read how Jesus performed miracles for many. He provided physical needs and loved people right where they were in life, a mess. He also said things in the book of John that were hard to grasp. He spoke of a rebirth, water that ends thirst, and a living bread that came from Heaven that you could eat and never die. In response to these statements from Jesus, you often see how immediately the audience is confounded or straight conflicted because they regard His words in the physical sense. Immediately, the response is, “How can this be?” “How can I get these things and gain these benefits?” “This guy is talking crazy, and I cannot accept this.” I personally can see how confusion could come with His words. I also see how we are so caught up in the here and now. Recently while evaluating my prayer life, I noticed how often my prayer was for physical things: health, supply, safety, strength, and stewardship.
The Holy Spirit has shown me times I have been blinded by the “here and now” mindset and where it can narrow my prayers. I personally have seen how I often focus on physical needs and how I can lose my regard that Jesus came to give us eternal life apart from this world. I know I can pray boldly for earthly things, but I also have to remember that this life I have, is the icing on the cake. Jesus battled death and came to sustain my soul for eternity. The only bread that satisfies our inherent spiritual hunger came from Heaven so we could know our Creator. If I pray in remembrance that Jesus came to save our souls eternally, my eyes open up a bit and the needs of this world shift into prayers of thankfulness. Daily I see so many physical needs all around me, and I continue to lift them up earnestly in prayer yet I have confidence that the One who came to give us eternity with God can use me to provide what is needed in this world. I challenge you and your family to read the book of John, focus on where Jesus speaks and reach out to someone to fill a physical need in your neighborhood.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51