a terrific day to satisfy our hunger.
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 KJV
If we are hungry, simply staring at a piece of bread or thinking about a piece of fruit will do nothing to satisfy our physical hunger. The only way to do that is to eat. Eating is an active act. Wishing the food was in our stomach will not make it so. Dreaming about how we would feel after a big meal will not produce the desired feeling of fullness, nor will it provide the nutrients we need for physical life.
Bible translations often use different words to interpret the same sentence, but there is not much difference in the interpretation of the words spoken by Jesus when He said “I am the bread of life.” We need what Jesus Christ has to offer us in order to satisfy our spiritual hunger, but we must actively partake of what He offers us. Merely thinking or wishing will not make our hunger go away.
Approaching Jesus Christ in a half-hearted manner will not produce the desired results. We must ‘consume’ His teachings. We must look forward to our next ‘meal’ with the same enthusiasm we have for our favorite restaurant or home cooked treat. We must savor each and every morsel that the words of Jesus represent and draw from them the nutrients to help us become spiritually satisfied.
Eating requires effort in order to receive the benefits that come from it. Far too many of us think that we need only sit down at Jesus’ table one time, or on special occasions. It is true that we do enjoy special meals at various times throughout the year, but in order to live, we must eat daily.
And so it is with the life that Christ offers us. We must partake of it on a daily basis so that we grow strong in faith and in character, and build up a defense against the disease of sin.
Fortunately, satisfying our hunger with the bread of life is not like when we were little and we were forced to eat our peas. The bread of life is wonderful to consume and makes us feel immediately better inside. Make the bread of life a part of your daily diet.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson