Food that spoils

26 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. 27 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.”

John 6:26-27

It’s easy to fall into the habit of working for ‘food’ that spoils. The career, material comfort, knowledge, recognition. But in Matthew 6:19, we’re told that these earthly things are temporary and immaterial in the context of eternity. In this pandemic more than ever we see that our jobs, our health, the “stuff” we build our lives on are so fragile. We can’t rely on them. In this passage Jesus very clearly says that he is the food that DOESN’T spoil. And that we can rely on him to bring life and satisfaction.

What is the ‘food’ you work for? Are you driven by results, recognition, material comfort, knowledge? How has Covid-19 and isolation affected what you work for? Spend a few moments reflecting on the statement “… because you ate the loaves and had your fill”. How does this reflect what Jesus has done for you on the cross? How might a true understanding of the sufficiency of Jesus shape what you work for?

Sit and meditate on God – listen to what he wants to say to you through this. Respond to him in prayer