“Do not work for food that spoils,” Jesus said, “but for food that endures to eternal life..." (see John 6:24-35). Long ago Isaiah the prophet made a similar remark: “Why do you spend your money on that which is not bread? Why do you labor for that which does not satisfy? (Isaiah 55:2)
For some reason we here in America are driven by a desire to have more for ourselves and less for everyone else, and unfortunately we are unable to imagine things any other way. For many, there is no other reality by which life is measured:
All too often people end up going through life
striving for more on the outside while
spiritually starving themselves to death on the inside.
“You are looking for me NOT because you saw miraculous signs,” (Jesus said to the crowd) “but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.”
“You have seen wonderful things,” Jesus here is saying…“You have seen how God’s grace enabled a crowd to be fed. Your thoughts, therefore, should have been turned to the God who did these things, but instead, all that you are thinking about is bread. You are not thinking about your souls because you waste too much time thinking about your stomachs!”
I realize people must eat to satisfy their hunger and sustain their health Everyone knows this. Jesus knew this. But in order to satisfy your spiritual hunger and sustain your spiritual life you must have a relationship with God. Just like you must eat food daily to sustain your physical life, Christ must be invited into your daily walk in order to sustain your spiritual life as well.
This is the balance I believe Jesus wanted the crowd to discover; it’s the kind of balance I believe God wants everyone to discover.