August 5, 2018
John 6:30-35…“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” vs. 35
As followers of Jesus, we are rightly involved in programs to address the massive hunger problems that our world faces. The food supply, even on our fertile and productive planet, is often in jeopardy, and no one quite knows what the effects of global warming will be in the decades ahead. It seems that the hungry will always be with us and will always be a part of our concern. In fact, this is one area where all the various Christian denominations have shown a desire and an ability to work together. We may not agree on a lot of issues, but we do manage to find common ground in feeding the hungry. But, what Jesus has to offer goes far beyond our bellies! The bread he gives feeds the soul and gives spiritual satisfaction. It’s food that comes from God and gives eternal life, and it’s this bread that we have a special calling to share. And it’s here that we sometimes struggle in our congregations. Simply put, we have a hard time figuring out ways to reach out with the spiritual nourishment that people so desperately need. It’s a massive challenge in our age of declining church membership and widespread apathy. Of course some folks can pull it off. Their words are music to our ears and provide a boost to our spirits…and we’re all blessed by their presence.
Thought for the Day: Where do I eat the bread of life?