Yesterday I was thirsty and craving for a soda (a good strong fountain Coke) all day long. I had water readily available and it would not only quench my thirst, but it is exactly what my body needed. But, I didn’t drink what I NEEDED because my body is CRAVING a soda…what I didn’t need. The soda is filled with sugar and acid, and it has absolutely no nutritional value to my body. In fact, I most of the time I’m still thirsty after I finish a soda. It only satisfies WHILE I’m drinking it and I usually finish a soda craving another…but the water will satisfy quench my thirst and satisfy my body’s NEED.
How many times do we do the same thing spiritually. In John 6, after Jesus had fed over 5000 people many followed Jesus, but they weren’t seeking Him for HIM, they were seeking Him because he fed them…he satisfied a their flesh.
In John 6:26-27 Jesus tells them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not favor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you , because God the Father has set His seal on Him”.
What they NEEDED was right before them, but they looked beyond what they NEEDED for what they WANTED. Not only do we sometimes choose what we WANT over what we NEED, but we sometimes even chose what’s BAD for us rather than what’s GOOD for us. We chose spiritual SODA over WATER. Read all of John 6 again for context.
Jesus promises to give us what SATISFIES our spirit rather than our flesh. Jesus promises ETERNAL refreshment rather than temporal. Watch what your CRAVINGS…make sure your craving spiritual WATER instead of SODA. Remember…#EternalLifeMatters