Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person may eat from it and not die. John 6 : 48 – 50
LISTEN: Preaching to His audience, Jesus Christ defined Himself as the bread of life. In other words, ‘the food of life’. Everyone including you depends on food to stay alive, as a result, if one stays away from food for a very long time the person will certainly diminish in size, get weak and weaker and die eventually if the process is not reversed. Because of the fear of death, we all do things within our powers to make sure we do not die out of hunger and starvation. We labour painstakingly to put food on our tables to be able to stay alive. Unfortunately, all these efforts we employ to achieve that will end just in this temporal world. No matter what you provide for your family, or what you have been provided with – the good meals, the comforts of life, etc., their relevance is just temporal, for they cannot go beyond this world. Sadly, that is what we spend our God-given energy to pursue. We pursue temporal satisfaction at the expense of the eternal.
However, Jesus Christ in one occasion said to His audience, “Labour not for the food which perishes, but for that food which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him has God the Father sealed.” (John 6 : 27). Jesus urged the people to focus their attention more on eternity than the temporal world. Because this world will pass away and everything in it. Only those who live for God will overcome. (Mark 13 : 31 ; Matthew 24 : 13). Beloved, everything here is temporary, only God can truly satisfy. He has ordained His Son Jesus Christ as the means to life and true satisfaction. Do not pursue temporal satisfaction at the expense of the eternal. No matter the pleasure in the world, it is fleeting (will not last); do not pursue it. Real life is only in Christ Jesus. He is the bread of life, whose strength and efficacy leads to eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person may eat from it and not die.” (John 6 : 48 – 50). Jesus the food of life gave His own life for us, so that we by believing in Him could be saved. Therefore, do not reject Him, rather accept Him and live.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not reject Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, rather accept and worship Him.
2. Acknowledge Jesus Christ as the bread of life and then feed daily on His word.
3. Do not forget that nothing in this world can true satisfy, only God can.
4. Do not labour for anything that will take the place of God in your life, and rob you of eternal life.
Daily Task: Do not pursue temporal satisfaction at the expense of the eternal. No matter the pleasure in the world, it is fleeting and deceptive.
Daily Reflection: Real life is only in Christ Jesus. He is the bread of life, whose strength and efficacy leads to eternal life.
Daily Prayer: Blessed and loving Father, I appreciate you for the gift of salvation through your Son Jesus Christ. Help me to keep my eyes focused on Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Because your life is important to God, therefore, I prophesy to you, no power will take your focus away from God; and no distraction will take your eyes off Christ the Saviour, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Those who chooses to spend their times, talents and treasures only for the benefits of this temporal world, will lose their relevance in eternity.
Today In History: May 31, 1979. Zimbabwe proclaims its independence.