December 21st: Bread of Life

John 6:44-51 New International Version (NIV)

44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.    51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

 

     How many of you love an amazing roll with lots of garlic and butter?  We all have our favorite foods and make many choices each day on healthy vs. unhealthy foods.  Once we taste the sweetness of a delicious cake or treat, we tend to long for it again, even if we know it is not the best choice.  Similarly, we know that Jesus is our Bread of Life sent from Heaven. Sometimes in life we get sidetracked on our walk with Jesus, just like we do with our daily diet.  Jesus is our diet or bread that we need for life. This Bread doesn’t have an expiration date like foods we purchase at our local stores, nor does it come in short supply.  Instead, this Bread is far greater. Jesus, our Bread of Life, has no expiration date.  When we have faith in Jesus and believe in Him, he promises us that we will never be hungry again.  

     So what does this mean?  Do we just have to say we believe in Jesus once for Him to be our Bread of Life and then we can enjoy our earthly daily bread?  No, when we BELIEVE, it is ongoing, we must keep on believing. Jesus is the true manna, the miracle provider of Bread from Heaven!

     So what does this look like at Parkway?  I remember many years back to a Wednesday Night Women’s Bible Study opening night.  We were introducing ourselves. When it came to one lady, she said her name and she was excited to come on Wednesday Bible Study to be fed, both Spiritually as well as with our meal that evening.  What does your Spiritual food look like? Maybe it is Sunday worship or Sunday School, it could be you are feeding others through your service, or maybe enjoying the richness of our studies outside of worship.  

     Jesus wants us to be in continued growth and enjoying his Bread of Life.  As we are approaching Jesus Birthday, I ask you to ponder what your Spiritual diet looks like today and pray for God’s guidance to help you continue your journey of enjoying Jesus’ Bread of Life.  What Spiritual food do you plan to add in the upcoming year? We all need life and must continue to go to Jesus in Faith.  As we delight in Him, we will always believe in Him.   Let us all set our daily focus on our eternal Bread. Jesus calls each of us to BELIEVE!

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray for each person reading this devotion that they may assess their spiritual food and place their focus on the Bread of Life in the upcoming year.  Please let each member of Parkway and our extended family, know how special each of them are and that your loving arms always comfort them.

In your precious name, Amen.

 

Submitted by Suzie Dominique