I want you to read the following scripture carefully before reading the comments and question that follow.
John 6:1-27 KJV:
After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.
So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
When this crowd followed Jesus, the bible says it was because they saw the miracles He did. The verse 2 says, And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
They came and stayed with Jesus for long hours enjoying the miracles and His interesting parables and stories, but Jesus didn’t dispatch them just like that, He knew the people like to see miracles, so He performed another great miracle before their eyes by feeding them with a small boy’s lunch, and all the people ate were filled. The crowd enjoyed the miraculous meal.
Then the day following, the people came out again in their large number seeking, and looking for Jesus everywhere; Jesus knowing their hearts and their motives, when He saw them, He said to them, you seek me, not because your saw the miracles, but because you ate and were filled (verses 24-26). The people couldn’t deny it, that means they accepted that what Jesus said was their motive for looking for Him everywhere was true.
Now, I want to ask you, what’s your motive for seeking Jesus? Why do you want Jesus? Why are you looking for Him, is it so that He could meet your material needs or what? Your motive for seeking Him is important, because it would determine what you can receive from Him.
The things you are doing for the Lord, why are you doing them, what’s driving you, is it your problems or challenges you want Him to help you solve or it’s because deep down in your heart your love Him?
I love the Lord, He is the love of my life; that’s why I seek Him and would always press hard after Him.
I can’t live without Him, He’s all that I have and I don’t care if I have to live with challenges forever, if being pressed hard by problems and challenges of life is the price I have to pay to be close to Him all the days of my life, that’s acceptable by me.
Why do you seek the Lord?
Why do you pray to Him?
Why do you sing to Him?
Why do you give offering in the sanctuary?
Your motive is what would determine the experience of Him that you would have. Y
Our motive would determine what you can receive and much He can show you.
Pastor Abraham David.