I’m hungry… I hunger for Christ. It’s His presence alone that truly fills my soul. This is why I seek time alone with Him each morning. Time spent reading and studying His word… time spent in prayer seeking His fellowship, His will, His aid, and His intervention in my life and the lives of loved ones. This is why I try (imperfectly, but try nonetheless) to live my life centered around His will and focused on His love and grace. There’s a common little saying that each of us has a “God-shaped hole”. In other words, we were created to need Him. To hunger for Him.
Are you hungry?
Jesus is the Bread of Life.
Just as our bodies need food and water, so do our souls. And Jesus is that beautiful meal that fills us up and completely satisfies us. We’ll never need other spiritual food… Just Him.
I often think of the woman at the well. (See John 4:1-29) She was there that day only to do the menial in life and just draw some physical water. Yet, she found so much more… she found living water (always fresh and endless!) and rich spiritual food in just a brief encounter with Christ. And she realized she’d never be the same and that she’d never want anything else to fill her “God-shaped hole” than this precious Savior.
This morning, I studied from John in the Meet Jesus study that I’m doing with the Hello Mornings ministry. I love looking through the book of John just to see what Jesus did and said, and where He went. It’s casts a slightly different shadow on the study and is a new way for me to look at this beloved Gospel.
Today, I studied Chapter 6, verses 61-71. Thoughts are always prompted during my early morning readings… Prayers of thanksgiving always uttered, often aloud, albeit quietly (as not to wake anyone else in the house). Oh! And His Word is ever rich… so satisfying. And it fills the hunger, too! Verse 63 even explains why,
“The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (HCSB)
His words are spirit. They are life. They are spiritual life! And they draw us to Him…
Jesus is presented both as and giver of a divine meal. He offers meat (KJV), bread, and water:
“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.” (John 6:27, KJV)
“…but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14, NIV)
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst” (John 6:35, NASB)
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:48, ESV)
As tantalizing meal can spur the appetite of someone who didn’t even realize they were hungry, so can Jesus. If you’ve been searching, but aren’t sure what you’re searching for, or you didn’t even realize that that you’ve been searching… Jesus is right there, offering you a refreshing meal that wells up into springs of eternal life.
Are you hungry? Go to Him! All any of us needs to accept the gift of spiritual, eternal life is go to Him and believe.
“…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9, ESV)
Once you’ve tasted this meal, you won’t be satisfied by anything this world has to offer!! Then you can say, just as Peter replied to Jesus when He proposed a question, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!” (John 6:68)
May you be greatly blessed and filled today as you hunger and thirst for righteousness… as you seek and find Him!
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7, HCSB)
How has He filled you? And how does your life reflect your satisfaction?