John 6:25–33 ‘Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.’ (v27)
Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10). We desire to own things because we think they protect or improve our lives. We all too easily treat God as our lucky charm.
Five thousand hungry folk saw Jesus as a fast food outlet, and He saw right through their selfish desire (v26). We don’t follow Jesus because He brings us good luck; we follow Jesus because He offers us a trustworthy framework on which we can build our lives and enrich society. He teaches us how to ‘meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same’.
It contradicts much that shapes Britain today. Aspiration, a noble, godly ambition to achieve something worthy, is too often presented as a material objective. Yet, we are invited by God to become the very best version of ourselves. Christian ministry, seeks to practise loving God, neighbour and self (Matt. 22:34–40). We provide support in how to live every day with Jesus, and learning opportunities to equip people to make a difference in shaping our world.
God’s generous gospel is for everyone and we seek ways to share that good news. God invites each of us to aspire to be more like Jesus, in our attitudes and our actions. We discover what this means by learning to live the Bible at work, rest and play.
Scripture to consider: Isa. 1:13–31; John 4:27–38; 1 Cor. 10:23–33; 11:17–34.
An action to take: Join us in our mission to support people who aspire to live every day with Jesus.
A prayer to make: ‘Lord, I actively seek the fullness of life Jesus promised. Amen.’
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