So this week we have been preparing for Master’s Welcome which is one of the biggest soul winning strategies for our church here at World Harvest. I was sitting making a joke with one of the girls and she replied that she was hungry while she was busy snacking on the chips in the boxed lunches that we had. I looked at her and made a joke and said, “That’s the problem with the church, they always looking for a snack when they need to get the meal.” Honestly I did not even truly hear what it was that I said. Now I’m sitting here and I’m thinking, “This really is a problem in the body of Christ.” We truly aren’t being filled up. We go to church sometimes looking for the Pastor to feed us every Sunday and Wednesday, and for some of us that may be every other Sunday that we even go. Then throughout the week we don’t even pick up our Bible once. I will admit that even I have lived that way before.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.
What does bread do when we consume it? It fills us. Because bread is a carbohydrate it fills us much quicker than most other foods do. I have found that when I start to get hungry I try to eat a snack to fill me up, but what ended up happening is that I would do nothing more than become hungry for another bag or more snacks. Now I’m not the healthiest eater in the world, but I can recognize a pattern when I see one. Jesus says to us in John 6:51 that he came to be the living bread. He came so that we could be filled, but how can we know anything about the one who came to save us if we never open our word to learn about him. We are looking to get by and be filled on a snack that was never meant to satisfy our hunger. I said in my last post that we keep trying to look for temporary satisfaction or in this case a temporary solution to our problem. The problem is we are lacking the Word of God in our lives. We instead take the empty space in our lives meant for the Father and His Word, and we try to fill it up with the temporary things of this world. We try to feed ourselves and get satisfaction from an inconsistent world when we serve a consistent God.
Inconsistency is defined as not being compatible with. So tell me why we keep trying to fill ourselves with things that are not compatible to our diet. The Living Word. The Bread of Life.
Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.
We are so quick to fill ourselves with things that will not satisfy us because we are constantly on the go and constantly on the move when God is calling us to sit at his feet so he can fill us up. He is saying quit being a Martha! I find it interesting that in Luke 10:38-42 Jesus is at the house of Mary and Martha and Mary sat at his feet while Martha was off trying to prepare this huge dinner. Jesus says to her in verses 41 and 42, But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I mean in this moment Martha thought she was doing the right thing. Trying to honor her guest by serving him (food at that!), but God is calling some of us to his feet to just sit and learn. Jesus was the bread. He was what would fill them up in that moment, but Martha was missing that. Now I am not saying stop serving, but I want to encourage you to make time for the Lord in this season you are in. As I encourage you, trust me I am encouraging myself. Dig deeper and deeper this season. God wants to fill you not with a snack, but with something that will sustain you, something that will keep you, and I don’t know about you but I need some real sustenance in my life right now. Love you all so much! God Bless!!!