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“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”
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And Jesus looks at them and says “I’m not going to give you the bread you are looking for – I’m going to give you me.”
They want another miracle. Jesus gives himself.
This is what happens with us as well.
We, like the followers of Jesus on that hillside in Capernaum, want the quick fix. We want to be filled now.
We want our prayers answered right now the way WE think they should be answered.
We want our lives to be the way we want them to be and we want them to be that way now.
And God says – I’m going to give you me.
The Kingdom of God is about abundance, and moving to that mindset means we are filled not once, but for good. The quick fix doesn’t last.
Wanting the quick fix is us in a scarcity mindset.
Abundance is sustenance for the long haul.
We have been given the true bread of life. The bread that sustains not for a moment, but for a lifetime.
We have been filled.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Author Glennon Melton said (about abundance) “I decided, with the help of Jesus, to quit believing in ½ empty or ½ full and just start believing in completely full.” What would it look like to really believe that God keeps you completely full?
2. What does it mean to you that Jesus sustains? Can you think of some times in your life where you were sustained by the “bread of life”?
This week, I encourage you to try to quit thinking in terms of half empty or half full and just try to believe in completely full.
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