How are you? How is your week going? Have you eaten the Bread of Life this week?
We had the blessing of having Pastor Jeff Kreisel speak this past Sunday. He brought the Word from the Gospel we have been spending time in: the Gospel according to John. I don’t know about you, but it was such a blessing to hear about the Bread of Life that tests, multiplies, reorients, and sustains our faith.
So… my question for you today is where do you see yourself today? Are you like Philip in doubting God? Are you experiencing a struggle so great that you think it’s impossible for you to go through? Are you carrying a burden so heavy that you feel like it’s only a matter of time until you crumble? Jesus is calling you to trust in Him who can do the impossible.
Or do you feel like you’re like Andrew in trusting God with a little faith? Do you feel like the road before you is so long but your faith can bring you at least one step forward? Do you feel like you may not have the great faith of others but you have a little faith? Jesus is calling you to take your little faith and put in Christ, and He will multiply it.
Or maybe you’re like the crowd in the sense that you think you can do everything on your own? Do you have a tendency to just trust yourself and try to grind life out on your own? Are you oriented to trust in your work, accomplishments, and success as your source of life and affirmation? Is it a tendency for you to solve problems on your own rather than to pray? Jesus is calling you to not look to yourself for life, worth, and affirmation. He’s calling you not to do the works of God to be saved but to trust in the work of God through Christ already accomplished for you to be saved.
Lastly, who is Jesus to you? Do you see Jesus a a good teacher and philosopher? Do you see Jesus as just a prophet like the people in our passage? Is He someone who just gives you good advice and wisdom? Is He someone that will just make you feel better? OR! Is He your Bread of Life? Pastor Jeff reminded us that He is both the Giver and the Gift! Is He the Gift for us? Is He the Bread that was broken on the altar of the cross… that died on the cross, bearing the judgment and wrath for our sin and shame… so that He may be the Bread of Life for us.
Have faith that Jesus can do the impossible in sustaining you and comforting you since He did the impossible of saving you. Take your little faith in Jesus and pray for more faith. Reorient your heart to the Lord and surrender all of your self-dependence. Lastly, trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and seek Him as your Bread of Life.
New Life, I pray that this may encourage you. See you on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship. Pray for one another.
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