My dad had a great sense of humor. He never made me feel dumb even when I made some of the most idiotic comments. Whenever I would say something off the wall, his response was ALWAYS… “buy ‘em books and buy ‘em books and all they do is eat the pages.” In Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “See the Glory”, the chorus details how we often take less than what is available because we are preoccupied, distracted, or just in too much of a hurry to receive what is offered.
I’m playing Gameboy standing in the middle of the Grand Canyon
I’m eating candy sittin’ at a gourmet feast
I’m wading in a puddle when I could be swimming in the ocean
Tell me what’s the deal with me
(I know the time has come for me to)
Wake up and see the glory
Jesus seemed to begin a tradition that if you were going to talk about God, there must be a potluck, even if it was just some kid’s lunch. In John 6:25-59 speaks of His ability to meet a hunger that cannot be filled by the world. The people, however, seem to miss the feast of life Jesus is offering because they just want the quick meal. Like the teenager that rushes past the breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, toast and cereal in order to grab a Pop Tart, the people follow Jesus around, not for the wisdom and love of God, but because their stomachs were growling. It is at this point that Jesus calls the people out for what they are after and offers, in plain language, what will fill them to overflowing forever. Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
We can become so preoccupied with the comforts of this world, seeking them out, that we miss the Glory that awaits us in a relationship with Jesus. We judge our relationship with Him by our relationships with others, including other followers, and miss how His friendship is far superior to the fellowship we have with friends and family. When we seek Christ as the food that feeds us, everything will fall into place and we will view our physical hunger inferior to the hunger we will have for more of The Bread of Life in Jesus Christ. If we seek to be filled, we have to know whom to look to and not pass by Him for something that appears sweeter, easier, or flashier. The Bread of Life awaits us to come and be filled.
Do I use other substances or people to fill a hole that never fills it?
Am I too busy to see the blessings God is offering in Himself or around me?
Do I seek fulfillment in “easy” answers or do I “do the work” to find peace?