In John 6:26-29 Jesus told the people they were seeking Him, because they are of the loaves and were filled.
There is the potential to follow Jesus to be filled with His blessings in our life, rather than His life.
His divine nature is the eternal life that He has promised to all those who love Him, not physical blessings.
In Deuteronomy 8:3 God told Israel that He tested them, that He might make them understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
There are three potential gods of this world that can distract us and lead us astray from knowing God and having a pure devoted love for Christ.
Food is one of these gods.
In Philippines 3:10 Paul’s pursuit of knowing God has the element of “the fellowship of His suffering” in it.
In verse 18-21 he warns us of those whose god is their appetite, whose glory is in their shame, and mind earthly things.
But goes on to promise us in verse 21, the Lord will transform us by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
Food is not evil, but if we allow it to become a god in our life, will rob us of Christ’s divine nature.
1 Cor 8: 1-2 tells us that knowledge with puff us up, but love edifices.
Knowledge is another god this world bows too and has much reverence for.
1 Cor. 8 tells us knowledge will pass away, but love will endure.
We must be careful in our pursuit of knowing God, that we do not miss the cross of Christ.
Knowing God is to experience His power, not in being able to explain Him.
This is another god of this world that also will perish.
What are you working for?
When we work for the Lord, and allow Him to rule over all of our work, it fulfills our life with His purpose.
Two examples of this is David & Solomon.
David’s life ended in praise and worship for God, while Solomon’s life ended as He out it, “spitting into the wind”
See the end of David’s life in 1 Chronicles 29. Here you see David’s purpose and motivation of all his labors.
Solomon confessed his problems in Ecclesiastes 1-2 and you can read the cause for his frustration in 1 Kings 11.
His heart had been turned away after other gods.
This is a danger we must be aware of in our life.
“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life,” John 6:27