PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Temporal or Eternal?John Tilton
John 6:26-27 Jesus answered,“Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Jesus stated clearly that they were interested in the immediate and self-fulfilling needs rather then the eternal and life-giving food. Their being fed focused their thoughts on what was temporal. He was using the miracle to grab their attention and open their eyes, ears and hearts to the eternal food that He wanted to offer. Yet they were so caught up and consumed in the everyday needs.
We too are often so caught up in the everyday needs and tasks of life. Throughout the week life and the world consumes us. We then attend church or life groups to experience the wonderful offering of God through His word. We feel fed and joyous. We then walk out the doorand let life and the world consumes us again. An example of this can often be running out the door to work or getting the daily tasks done, and not making the time for devotions, prayer or time with God. The key seems to be the ability to realize when we are getting caught up in the tasks of life and not letting ourselves justify the lack of prioritizing our devotion to God due to the responsibilities of life. I believe that if we put God first, He will give multiply our time to get the tasks of life done, just like he multiplied the bread and fish.
Lord, please guide me to prioritize my time and mind to seek and receive the eternal food you have to offer to me. Let not the world and daily tasks of life consume my mind and time. May I stand on knowing that if I put you first, you will afford me the time to fulfill my responsiblities of life and work.