Renewal Reading—May 13

by mjongsma on May 13, 2013

More than a Meal

Read

John 6:22-58

Focus

Verse 31: “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.”

Consider

The Showbread in the Holy Place was also called the “bread of presence” because it always remained in the presence of God. As the bread could be eaten only by the priests in the Holy Place, it was like God’s invitation to have a meal with him, an invitation to fellowship and relationship with him. But this is more than a meal. Jesus is the Bread of Life. His invitation is to have a meal of him. He does not simply want to be a dinner guest in our life; he wants us to take him into our lives and hearts in a way that transforms us. He wants us to see life without him to be an impossibility. He wants us to hunger for him. He wants to nourish and fulfill us. When Jesus first uttered these bold words, some of his followers thought that he had crossed a line. Perhaps they thought he was proposing some sick form of cannibalism. Perhaps the depth of commitment he was requiring was too much. Whatever their reasons, many turned away and deserted him (v66). Jesus’ call to “Come, follow me” is no joke. It requires total commitment.

Reflect

In what areas do you feel Jesus is asking too much of you?

Pray

Holy Spirit, bring me to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ. I surrender all to you: my time, my treasures, my talents, my health, my family, my resources, my work, my relationships, my time management, my successes and failures. I release it and let it go.

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